WICHITA, Kan. - The Federal Trade Commission has announced that identify theft has now surpassed drug trafficking as the most prevalent crime in the country. Even summer vacations aren't holidays from scammers and identify thieves.
The FTC has some tips on how you can be safe this summer.
1. Avoid public wifi spots, even when you're checked into your hotel. Scammers often set up their own free wifi networks near resorts, and then steal your personal info when you log on.
2. Try to pay with cash at gas stations, instead of credit cards or debit cards. Scammers use hidden cameras, keyboard overlays and skimming devices to steal your card and pin number.
3. Secure that laptop! it's a big travel target for identify thieves. if possible, attach your laptop to a security cable in your hotel room or store it in a hotel safe.
4. Don't leave any personal documents in your hotel room. most material items can be replaced but your identify, is priority number one
if you want to be extra careful, contact your credit card company before your vacation and let them know the dates of your travel. That can also help protect you from unauthorized charges.