Ways to keep your private information safe during your summer vacations

Keep your money safe with these simple tips
Posted at 8:47 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 14:20:56-04

BOISE, Ida. — It's summer and you're probably heading out on vacation, but beware. Scammers can easily take advantage of your relaxing getaway.

Better Business Bureau is recommending everyone take a few simple steps to keep their private information safe as they head out on the road. First, make sure to use a credit card while traveling or when you question the security of where you are using your card. Credit card companies can better help you work out fraud on your account than if you had your whole checking account emptied. Debit cards are a direct line to your cash.

Also, be aware of the cards you are carrying with you and minimize your risk by only carrying the identification information and cards you absolutely need. Do not carry your Social Security card unless you need it for a specific purpose, then immediately return it to a safe place.

You'll also want to make sure your social media is locked down ahead of your vacation. Burglars can use posts on Twitter and Facebook to determine when you'll be away. When sharing information on social media, be aware of your privacy settings and who can see what you post. A vacant home could be enough to attract unwanted attention, so be careful about broadcasting your travel plans.

For more ways to keep safe this summer and all year long, head to the BBB website here. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest scams via the BBB Scam Tracker here.