How to Avoid Vacations Scams

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(KTVI) - Itching to get your toes in the sand or spark up that campfire? While you're prepping for that summer vacation with the family, thieves and scam artists are prepping to rip you off in many ways.

The FBI, AARP and AAA have tips on their websites to help keep you and your valuables safe while on vacations. Here are some of them:

  • Temporarily stop delivery
  • Do not post travel plans on social media sites
  • Clean out wallet of unnecessary credit cards and IDs. Take only what you need.
  • Watch for skimming devices on ATMs at gas stations and other points of sale.
  • Photocopy both sides of credit, debit, ATM cards, driver's license and social security card
  • Don't leave valuables out in the open in hotel rooms.
  • What for pick pockets. Close your purse, carry your wallet in your front pocket.
  • Never give credit card or any other info out over your hotelĀ  phone. ID thieves pretend to be the front desk clerk asking for info.