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5 ways to outwit scammers while traveling

Americans spend on summer trips more than 100 billion dollars annually. This information can please not only the authorities of tourist cities, but also fraudsters. Edition The Huffington Post prepared tips on how to avoid tourists with pickpockets and other scammers.

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1. Leave your debit card at home

In busy trains, restaurants or shopping areas, you can become a pickpocket target. It is important to carry around small amounts of money for small purchases and tips, but no more than 50 dollars. Store larger amounts in a secure bag or a special wallet that can be hidden under clothing. Money can also be hidden in shoes or socks.

It is better to leave a debit card at home, since if you steal it from you, the thief will get direct access to your bank account. It’s better to take a credit card that does not charge a commission for transactions abroad, as well as a reserve credit card. Set up alerts to receive notifications of expenses.

Houses should also leave a social security card, birth certificates and other documents. Take copies of these documents with you. Scans can be stored in the cloud with remote access.

2. Configure two-step authentication and disable automatic Wi-Fi connection

Most likely, there is much more important information in your phone than in your wallet. You would hardly want to give someone else access to your email or online banking. To secure your gadget, set an unlock password with four or more digits. Two-step mail and online banking authentication can also help you save data. You can also connect the phone unlock functions by fingerprint or face recognition.

Do not connect to open Wi-Fi networks, as hackers can use them and get to your data. Better use password-protected networks.

3. Use ATMs located inside banks

Avoid using ATM machines on suspicious streets. Fraudsters can “equip” them with tools that enable them to access information on your card.

For example, scammers may place fake card readers on top of real ones to capture your card details. Or at ATMs can install a small camera that will record the data of your pin-code. Therefore, it is better to use ATMs located inside banks.

4. Do not look like a naive tourist

Fraudsters pay special attention to the gaping tourists. Try to blend in with the locals. Study your route in advance so that you will not be noticed by those who study the map or walk around the navigator.

5. Do not report on the trip in social networks

Fraudsters may be among your friends. Try not to report on social networks where you are, as this signals the thieves that you are not at home. Accordingly, your property is under threat.

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