MONEY AND ID THEFT

What is better for travel? A debit card, or a credit card? Should you withdraw cash from an ATM or go into a bank to get the best exchange rate? Savvy travelers know how to get the most for their dollar. They also know how to protect themselves from ID theft while enjoying tourist sites and foreign destinations, here’s what they know.

Frequent Flier Miles Can Be Stolen

POSTED July 18th 2018 BY Travel Writer
Frequent flier miles and travel rewards are worth money and just like money can be stolen right out of your account or wallet. Most of us just let them accumulate in our frequent flier or mileage rewards accounts without much thought until it’s time for a flight upgrade, vacation, or redemption for merchandise. Thieves think of loyalty points or frequent flier miles as currency and...
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Anti-Theft Waist Packs Protect Your Gear from Theft

POSTED May 10th 2018 BY Travel Writer
Anti- Theft Waist Packs And Hip Packs Protect Your Gear  Question#1. Is your current waist pack an anti-theft waist pack? Would it stop a skilled thief?  Question #2 While out enjoying the sights, using public transportation, shopping or dining, where do you carry your wallet, passport, money, credit cards phone, and other valuables? If you use a regular waist pack or purse, they can easily...
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Cell Phone Photos Can Save Missing Valuables While Traveling

POSTED March 2nd 2018 BY Travel Writer
Technology has advanced so that photos on your cell phone photos can quickly help save your missing valuables while traveling. When anything is missing, lost, or stolen while traveling, it can be extremely stressful. Your cell phone can actually facilitate the return of valuables if you take pictures of your valuables prior to departure. If belongings are damaged inside of your luggage and you have photos, it...
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How to Hide Money on Your Body

POSTED February 28th 2018 BY Beth Williams
Proven Ideas from Experienced Travelers How to hide money on your body. Today’s money belts are not your father’s money belt. A money belt can be your most important accessory when you’re traveling, especially when visiting busy and popular tourist attractions. It is in these locations where pickpockets and thieves are most likely to target their marks. A money belt depending on its size and...
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How to Avoid Theft and Protect Your Valuables in Large Crowds

POSTED February 15th 2018 BY Travel Writer
There are two primary things you must do to avoid theft and protect your valuables when visiting tourist locations or encountering large crowds.  One, you need to be alert to your surroundings.  Be alert to people trying to distract with questions or performances. Children and women are equally as skillful as men are when it comes to distraction and thievery.  Distracted tourists looking at sights or talking...
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Guide to Bargaining and Shopping Overseas

POSTED January 22nd 2018 BY Beth Williams
Shopping Overseas “Caveat Emptor” Let the Buyer Beware! The Art of Bargaining One of the oldest and most basic shopping skills is bargaining, but many westerners have completely lost the art.  This is especially true when visiting open-air markets and bazaars, where bargaining is the accepted and an expected method of setting a price.  Many of Europe’s top outdoor markets are a great place to practice...
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Six Things Not To Keep In Your Wallet or Purse, Ever!

POSTED November 14th 2017 BY Beth Williams
Identity theft can turn your world upside down. Minimizing the chances of being a victim is your responsibility and just plain smart. Here is what the experts say about your wallet and what not to keep in it. Think that designer handbags are more attractive to thieves? Think again when it comes to identity theft all bags are tempting. 1. Your Social Security Card  This...
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RFID Pickpockets – Stop’em with RFID Blocking Gear

POSTED October 18th 2017 BY Beth Williams
You may think of a pickpocket as a person that bumps into you to steal your wallet, but now there’s a different kind of pickpocketing and it’s called electronic pickpocketing. How do RFID pickpockets work, and why can they be so devastating?  Tech-savvy RFID pickpockets, which are also known as “digital thieves,” can now silently download your personal credit card information and ID data with handheld “skimming” devices,  including...
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