Cards, etc. I just have an idea that I would like to
pass along that may help travelers eliminate the pain of having their
wallets stolen, containing valuable credit cards and ID, while
traveling in areas such as Rio, Paris or New York City.
I have an old
wallet that I now carry in my pocket containing credit cards that have
been cancelled (but show a future expiration dates) and other such
personal items such as an old expired driver's license. If the wallet
is stolen, the thieves are satisfied that they hit pay dirt but instead
get worthless credit cards and "ID". It's a good reason to close credit
card accounts that you really don't need. I keep 1 current card and ID
in another discrete pocket. Hope it helps- Best Regards, -- Rick
05 Jul 2007
If you are being robbed and
have a second wallet or billfold as described then you should first let
him see it and then toss it over his shoulder and run for it. Almost
always he will go for the wallet. Do not throw it too far away. Stuff
it with low donomination banknotes as it is usually cash that street
robbers are after. Do not do what one of my colleagues did and bring
both wallets out at the same time. -- Richard McGill
Home Security Tips
1. Do not throw out your
personal information. Especially your social security number. Credit
card information, balances on loans, or credit reports. A personal
shredder can be purchased for around $20 and may prevent thousands of
dollars lost to identity theft. Make sure that the one you
select does a proper job, that is, it not only shreds the paper but
cuts it into short pieces.
2. Walk around the outside
perimeter of your home periodically to see if your house has inviting
places for criminal activity. Trim hedges and bushes that give the
criminal element the advantage. Check and replace any lighting that is
missing or broken. A criminals friend is darkness. Take it away from
him and you take away his advantage. Look for these and more personal
security in the inaugural edition of Security Now, a monthly E-zine
focused on providing you with the latest in personal and family
security. For more info contact Doug Wisnioski of Trojan Horse
International at firstname.lastname@example.org Doug
Fraud Investigators: There have been many reports
recently concerning unsolicited calls to credit card holders
purportedly from card company fraud investigators. Should you receive
any such calls from individuals claiming to be representatives of
financial institutions or fraud investigation departments
never reveal any details of accounts /circumstances or personal
information. If you are concerned about the source of the
call then ask the caller for a main switch board number through which
you can be routed back to them. Alternatively take their details and
then make your own enquiries via a published card supplier contact e.g.
on the reverse of your card.
if the caller is genuine then they will have access to all the relevant
details and you should only confirm to them any items they query and
not supply further security information unless you are satisfied as to
who you are in contact with. -- The London Metropolitan police
security Tips --
1. Pay close attention to the appearance of the ATM. ATM Skimming is
fast becoming a problem, a fake ATM with a card reader and computer can
gather details of hundreds or thousands of account details and PINs
before it is discovered.
2. Be wary of people trying to help you with ATM transactions.
3. Do not use an ATM that appears unusual looking or offers options
with which you are not familiar or comfortable.
4. Do not allow people to look over your shoulder as you enter your PIN
5. Do not re-enter your PIN if the ATM eats your card -- contact a bank
6. Never write your PIN on the back of your card.
7. Do your automated banking in a public, well-lighted location.
8. Never count cash at the machine or in public. Wait until you are
home, in your car or another secure place.
9. When using a drive-up ATM, keep your engine running, your doors and
windows locked and leave enough room between your car and others in the
ATM drive-up line.
10. Closely monitor your bank statements, as well as your balance, and
immediately report any problems to your bank. -- Margaretta P
Attack Alarms are effective if used correctly. You must not
allow the assailant to get it from you. Combined with an attack such as
a kick in the groin or shins it can disorient him and allow you to get
away. Shouting and screaming can also add a bit of urgency as people
have gotten used to alarms going off.
Loud Whistle - Some
whistles can produce 115dB of sound which works just as well as an
electronic alarm and has the advantage of never needing batteries.
security -- Contact Coseam
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