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March 24, 2008
RADIO: Ask the AG: Identity theft prevention for travelers

With spring and summer vacation season upon us, Attorney General Rob McKenna has a few tips for travelers to help keep them safe from identity theft while away from home.

Actuality 1: Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you need to protect your identity just as you would your valuables. Thieves are just as likely to target your personal information as your expensive camera or laptop. (12 seconds)

Actuality 2: Pack only what you need. Inform your credit card company that you’re traveling. Delete sensitive information from your laptop and cell phone. During your trip, wear a money belt and use the hotel safe to store valuables and copies of important documents. (16 seconds)

Actuality 3:  Smart travelers have several ways to pay. A credit card gives you better fraud protection than a debit card and most companies now extend zero liability to customers for unauthorized charges. Remember to continue to monitor your accounts for unauthorized purchases or withdrawals after you return home.   (16 seconds)

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Want more consumer advice? Previous Ask the AG columns are online at www.atg.wa.gov/askcolumn.aspx. Also check out the Attorney General’s All Consuming blog at www.atg.wa.gov/allconsuming.aspx.
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Attorney General Rob McKenna offers this public service to help consumers avoid fraud and to promote a fair and informed marketplace. If you have a consumer complaint or inquiry, contact the Consumer Protection Division at www.atg.wa.gov or 1-800-551-4636 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. To suggest a future topic for this column, send an e-mail to asktheag@atg.wa.gov or write to “Ask the AG”, Attorney General’s Office, 800 5th Ave. Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98104-3188.
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