4/12/2012 - Beware of identity theft while on vacation
With Americans gearing up for the summer and the season for vacations, BMO Financial Group is reminding them to take steps to protect their identity.
"Identity theft can happen at any time, but can be more likely while traveling because you're carrying a lot of sensitive information in a distracting and unfamiliar environment," said Ken Hall, senior vice president of BMO Financial. "Take a few simple precautions so you can enjoy your vacation without worry."
Some of the ways consumers can avoid having their personal information stolen is by not carrying their social security cards. Individuals should also try and not leave any documents of a private nature out in view in hotel rooms. Instead, people should place them in a safety deposit box, which many hotels offer to their guests.
In addition, BMO Financial recommends carrying around only the minimum amount of identification possible so identity thieves have limited opportunities.
For more tips on how you can protect your identity while on vacation, click here