During the summer, it's probably fair to say you're
getting out more and traveling more than in the winter.
But that summer fun is exactly what makes the season
a ripe time for identity theft scammers.
Most people aren't thinking about identity theft when
they're on vacation, but certain aspects of summer
leave anyone susceptible to scams. Emphasis on "anyone."
It's not just adults who can be scammed.
Children's social security numbers can be a target
because they can provide a clean slate for scammers
to open credit card accounts.
Most parents don't think about their children being
a victim of identity theft, so they don't worry about
According to the FTC, when you're signing your kids
up for summer camp, make sure you know where their
person information is being stored, how their records
are used and who has access to those records.
But the most common way you may be scammed this summer
is while traveling. Hotels are now warning travelers
about popular scams, so you don't find yourself out
of luck while away from home.
First, they say to watch out for anyone calling, claiming
to be from the front desk, wanting to verify credit
card information. They say if there is an issue with
the card, you will be called down to the front desk
to deal with it face-to-face.
They warn another pitfall is wifi networks. Be sure
to confirm a hotel's authorized network at check-in
to avoid handing your personal information over to
the wrong people.
And according to consumer reports, a good way to avoid
scams while on vacation is to travel with the least
amount of personal information needed. Leave social
security cards and extra credit cards at home.
When you're heading out on vacation, it may not be
a bad idea to warn your bank. That way they can better
monitor your accounts while your gone.