Sunday, July 27, 2014

VACATION TIPS– Protecting Yourself from Scammer on Vacation

VACATION TIPS– Protecting Yourself from Scammer on Vacation

This morning, The Seattle Times published an article with tips on how you can protect yourself from scammers while you are on vacation. There are some clever tricks that scammers will try while you are at your hotel:

  1. You receive a call from someone claiming to be from the front desk saying that there is a problem with your credit card. They will ask you to read your credit card number over the phone to them. If you receive a call like this, go personally to the front desk to work out the problem.
  2. Someone slips a flyer under the door to your room advertising pizza-delivery. You call the number, order a pizza and give them your credit card number. No pizza is delivered. Ignore the unsolicited flyer. Look for a list of local restaurants in the documents in your room or call the front desk for recommendations.
  3. Be careful when you search for your hotel’s Wi-Fi network. Scammers often setup Wi-Fi networks with similar names to nearby hotels to collect personal information. Check with your hotel’s Wi-Fi network’s name in the documentation in your room or with the front desk.
The article also suggests more Wi-Fi safety tips and what to do to keep your home secure while you are on vacation. Go to:

The Seattle Times:

For more information on how to avoid scams while traveling, go to:
Federal Trade Commission:


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