Questionnaire: Could You Cope With Identity Theft Abroad?
Travelling abroad can be a great adventure, but unfortunately may bring with it a variety of risks. Identity theft is on the rise around the world, and tourists are often a main target due to amount of ID they need to keep with them or their luggage.
To help you consider how you might cope with the ramifications of identity theft abroad we have put together the following questionnaire. Answer "yes" or "no" to each question. Total your answers and match the number of "yes" answers to the explanations at the end to determine if you could cope with identity theft while abroad.
- Do you leave copies of your passport at home when you travel?
- Do you travel with contact information for your financial institutions?
- Do you travel with contact information for relevant consulates and embassies?
- Do you keep a list of your credit card and/or bank accounts in a safe location at home?
- Do you keep credit card receipts with you as you travel?
- Do you shred personal or financial information while you travel?
- Do you travel with your mobile or email access in case institutions need to contact you?
- If you must provide personal details while travelling, do you do so from a private location?
- Do you carry more than one photo identification with you as you travel?
- Do you check financial accounts from secure locations (computer, telephone) as you travel?
- Would you contact institutions to freeze your accounts should you need to while you travel?
- Would you contact relevant legal authorities should discover identity theft while abroad?
"yes" to between zero and four questionsIf you answered "yes" to between zero and four questions then you would not likely cope well with identity theft abroad. Preparing for a worst case scenario requires thinking through all of the ways in which things could go wrong, and what you could do to make things easier for yourself. Take precautions like leaving copies of documents at home, travelling with different means of identification and using common sense. British embassies and consulates will always help citizens in trouble abroad, so don't forget to bring details of those in case you need them.