Identity Theft and Relocation

 

In the current technological age, identity theft is prevalent. Savvy criminals have several avenues to obtain your personal information.

During a corporate relocation, your personal information is at a high risk. Transferees frequently travel from the old destination to the new and vice versa. This often involves keeping personal and banking information readily available.

                Meals, hotel rooms, and travel expenses are often paid for with credit/debit cards. Plus, wireless Internet use is common while waiting in airports or working from hotel rooms. Unfortunately, not all wireless networks are secure. Some allow other users to view the information on your screen. Plus, this type of connection is more susceptible to viruses and spy ware.

                These circumstances can set the scene for a scary situation. To help protect your identity this fall, make sure to exercise caution while considering some of the tips from the list on the right. These may help you avoid being tricked into paying for someone else’s treat.

 

ü            Be careful what you throw away. Do not leave any identifying information in hotel room wastebaskets. This can include bank statements or printed correspondence.

ü            When using ATM’s be aware of your surroundings. Watch for cars or pedestrians that seem to close to you, especially if they are close enough to watch as you punch in your PIN number.

ü            When using an insecure wireless network, stick to surfing. Do not login to online bank or credit accounts.

ü            While dining, try to avoid allowing your credit card of your sight. Thieves can make “rubbings” of your card to save your numbers or may even have access to small pocket held scanners that swipe information from your card’s barcode.

ü            Do not carry personal information such as social security cards or birth certificates with you.

ü            Keep a frequent check on your credit report by contacting the three major reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

ü            Watch your “smart” phone. Many phones offer an option to “lock” When traveling it is wise to do this. Also, watch the amount of “auto” logins you use. Think about all the information you have stored should you lose your phone or it is stolen.