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Tips for Travellers

Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, be alert for opportunities of which identity thieves may try to take advantage:

  • Receipts – Do not leave credit card receipts on the table at restaurants. Sign them and hand them directly back to the server. Keep your copy of all receipts.
  • Wallets – Stolen wallets frequently lead to identity theft, so instead of carrying your wallet in your pocket or having it easily accessible in your bag, use travel pouches that are worn inside your shirt.
  • Camera phones – That tourist with a camera phone may actually be taking a shot of your credit card or driver’s license. Keep important personal information out of view from others.
  • Mail – Ask Australia Post to hold your mail whenever you travel, and arrange for mail to only be picked up by you at the post office when you return.
  • Hotels – Lock up all valuables in room or hotel safes while you are out, including laptops, passports and other documents that contain your personal identifying information. Do not leave these items with a hotel porter to transport or hold, carry them yourself.
  • Aeroplanes – Do not put any items that contain your personal information, card numbers or financial institution account numbers in checked luggage. Always carry this with you.