Credit Bureau Contact Information
Report Order: 1.800.685.1111
Fraud Hotline: 1.888.766.0008
Report Order: 1.888.397.3742
Fraud Hotline: 1.888.397.3742
Report Order: 1.877.322.8228
Fraud Hotline: 1.800.680.7289
Tips For Travelers
Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, be on the alert
for opportunities that identity thieves may try to take advantage of:
- Receipts Do not leave credit card receipts
on the table at restaurants; sign them and hand them directly
back to the server. Keep your copy of all receipts.
- Wallets Stolen wallets frequently lead to
identity theft, so instead of carrying your wallet in your
pocket or having it easily accessible in your bag, use travel
pouches that are worn inside your shirt.
- Checks Leave checkbooks at home in a locked
safe or drawer. Checking account takeover is one of the hardest
types of financial fraud to clear up.
- Camera phones That tourist with a camera
phone may actually be taking a shot of your credit card or
driver's license. Keep important personal information out of
view from others.
- Mail Put your mail on postal hold whenever
you travel, and arrange for mail to only be picked up by you at
the post office when you return.
- Hotels Lock up all valuables in room or
hotel safes while you are out, including laptops, passports and
other documents that contain your personal identifying
information. Do not leave these items with a hotel doorman to
transport or carry them yourself.
- Airplanes Do not put any items that contain
your social security number, card numbers, or financial
institution account numbers in checked luggage. Always carry
that with you.
Credit cards and debit cards have far greater purchasing power than
the cash you carry in your wallet, yet they also offer considerably
lower liability than other forms of payment. However, fraud can lead to
considerable hassle and financial troubles, so make sure you continue to
take steps to safeguard your personal finances.