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SOURCE Experian’s ProtectMyID
New survey from Experian's ProtectMyID® reveals identity theft hotspots, common risks and how vacationers can thwart identity thieves
COSTA MESA, Calif., June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The summer travel season is here with high expectations for fun and lasting memories, but vacations can turn into nightmares as travelers try to unravel the damages of identity theft. A new survey conducted by Edelman Berland for Experian's ProtectMyID® reveals that 30 percent of travelers have experienced identity theft while traveling or know someone who has. Results show that recovery takes time - more than a week in some instances.
"The last thing people want is for their trip to fund an identity thief's vacation," said Becky Frost, senior manager of consumer education for Experian's ProtectMyID. "Identity theft can derail vacations quickly, but taking some precautions before and during travel can help consumers protect themselves."
Traveling troubled waters
Nearly one in five travelers reports having sensitive information lost or stolen, and 30 percent said they experienced identity theft while traveling or know someone who has. Those affected by identity theft report the fraud impacted their travel experience. Three in 10 victims say that it took more than a week to resolve the issues caused by identity theft.
Flying by the seat of their pants
Most travelers check for signs of identity fraud after traveling but fail to take proactive precautions before and during their trips.
Identity theft hotspots
Consumers have misconceptions about where identity theft occurs.
Taking these steps can help reduce the risk of identity theft while traveling:
About the survey
This survey was conducted online by Edelman Berland on behalf of Experian from June 2, 2014, through June 5, 2014, among 1,000 adults ages 18 years and older residing throughout the United States. The national study focused on issues related to identity theft and identity protection while traveling. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percent.
About Experian's ProtectMyID
ProtectMyID is a leading, full-service provider of identity theft detection, protection and resolution. ProtectMyID offers comprehensive identity theft protection features supported by experienced identity theft resolution professionals who deliver personal attention that customers can rely on. ProtectMyID.com® is a Website owned by ConsumerInfo.com, Inc., an Experian company. For more information about how ProtectMyID helps consumers protect themselves against identity theft, please visit http://www.protectmyid.com.
This press release is provided for general guidance and information. It is not intended as, nor should it be construed to be legal, financial or other professional advice. Please consult with your attorney or financial advisor to discuss any legal issues or financial issues involved with credit decisions.
Experian® is a leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients around the world. The Group helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.
Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2014, was US$4.8 billion. Experian employs approximately 16,000 people in 39 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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