ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway
Most travelers give little thought to protecting their identity, and with theft of personal and financial information being one of the largest growing crimes – both domestically and internationally, travelers need to take extra precautions due to their built-in vulnerability while on the road. We talked with Travel Security expert and consultant, Detective Kevin Coffey, and he’ll share effective strategies to guard against scammers and slick identity thieves while traveling for business or pleasure.
Tips to think about before you go…
- Social Networking Sites
It just does not happen to celebrities so don’t announce the dates of your travel on your Facebook page. That’s like issuing an open-invitation to thieves. Some ID thieves are known to monitor social networking sites because travelers like to announce their travel plans on them. ID thieves will sometimes use this time to take over your email accounts and send emails to your friends saying you have fallen victim to some type of emergency while traveling and need cash. Since they have taken over your email account while you’re in the air, you may know about this for some time.
- Notify Credit Card Companies Before You Go
Let your credit-card company know if you’ll be traveling (especially internationally) because bank and credit card fraud departments are more vigilant about any unusual activity on your card, which can be a great way to detect a problem. But if you’re away from home when the bank calls to verify the charges, you could end up with a frozen account while you’re out of town. Avoid the hassles and notify your bank before you leave home. Consider giving them additional numbers to contact you while on the road in case unauthorized charges pop-up during your trip. Continue reading →