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Keep your card safe during your summer travels.
While the U.S. leads the rest of the world in credit card fraud it can happen anywhere. But that doesn’t mean we should make it easy or let it happen.
Whether you are going to be traveling internationally or domestically it is important to follow a couple safety measures to keep your card out of the hands of thieves and criminals.
One of the most important things to do pre travel is to notify your bank and your credit card issuer of your itinerary. This is especially important if you are going to be overseas and can’t easily reach your card company. Give them where you will be each day. Not only will this protect you it will also prevent their security features from shutting your card down unexpectedly.
You also need to pack smart. Especially when traveling to another country. Chances are you are not going to need every single card in your wallet when you are traveling. The risk is not worth having those cards with you. Generally, you should have your credit card that you have decided to use, maybe a bank card, cash, and maybe a backup credit card. Having extra cards that you are not going to use is just asking for trouble. If you lose your wallet or one of those cards falls out its more trouble that you have on a vacation, you are using to get away from it all… So stop making more trouble for yourself.
A little while ago we wrote about the U.S. switch to chip card. (Check Out That Blog Here) Luckily this is the norm with the rest of the world and has been for sometime now. It is important that while you are traveling in the states and even just with every day purchases that you always take advantage of that little chip in your card. A 2015 study showed that in 2015 the United States accounted for 47% of the world’s credit card fraud while only accounting for 24% of the world’s card volume. With EMV Chips this will go down. So if you have the option always use the EMV Chip Reader.
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The start of summer is a great time to check your credit reports! Everyone in the United States is allowed one free credit report every 12-months from each of the three main credit bureaus. These free reports can be accessed securely through www.annualcreditreport.com. However, if you are currently in the credit building or credit repair process chance are you have already used that one free ticket.
Where do you go from here? Well there are a couple different options. The first is to go through a service called MyFICO.com. While its not free it can certainly be worth the money. Not only will you get credit reports every so often (including one when you sign up) it also includes your FICO Scores and will help monitor your credit reports for fraudulent activity which rises in the summer as we travel.
The FREE option is to place a fraud alert on your credit profiles. When you do this it provides an extra barrier of protection on your credit report because people can’t open any new accounts in your name without you being notified. But its also allows you to request a FREE copy of your credit report from each of the three main bureaus.
As you prepare for your staycation, family travel, or just some warm weather relaxation its important to protect yourself and your family. Fraud and incorrect reporting can ruin your plans for a fun filled summer that you deserve.