Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Some tips for protecting your privacy when you're traveling. . . and dating ... and collecting benefits

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has good advice for people who want to lessen the chances of identity theft while traveling:

• Consider letting your credit card company know if you plan to travel – especially if traveling is out of character for you. Some financial institutions have beefed up fraud detection practices, and the clearinghouse says you could find your account temporarily suspended if travel gets flagged as a "suspicious activity." (But don't respond directly to e-mail alerts or phone calls about suspended accounts, because those may be scams. Instead, contact your card issuer through the number on the back of your card.)