Traveling can be both a fun and stressful experience. Whether you are traveling for the holidays, or just a getaway vacation, people typically put a lot of planning and effort into their travel plans. And what is something most have to do to chronicle any exciting vacation, show off their beach selfies…
Frequent Flyer Risks. We use our Smartphones, tablets, and devices to capture photos of many things. We are even beginning to use them to take pictures of important documents, signatures, business cards, and even our plane tickets for when we travel.
Brilliant or bad idea?
But did you also know that “stealing” that selfie or snapshot of your plane ticket could lead to more frequent flyer risks rather than rewards?
The Palm Beach Post published and referenced an article written by The Huffington Post, which explains that the barcode stamped onto each and every plane ticket, combined with the personal data on this ticket, actually provides a wealth of information for any savvy identity thief.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. All an identity thief needs is a barcode reader, which is easy to find online today, to read the barcode on your plane ticket. By doing so, the thief is able to access information regarding your flight, your destination, and even your frequent flyer account (should you have one). Plus, your ticket has your basic personal data printed directly on it, like your first and last name.
Armed with Information. An identity thief could use this information to inflict some serious damage to your personal accounts. They could cancel future flights, change your seating arrangements on flights, and alter departure and arrival information. This can also provide a gateway to other personal information, such as the bank account or credit card you used to purchase your tickets.
Social Shock. This may come as quite a shock, especially if you are a social media sharer who loves to post pictures of your plane ticket to showcase your latest travel destination. But in the future, you may want to think twice before sharing this particular information. It’s best to stick to those pictures of your feet in sand, or selfies with your favorite beach cocktail.
Meet an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
If you do find yourself the victim of identity theft, contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. He or she will be able to help you to reclaim your own identity, and ultimately help you get your life back.
At first, identity theft might seem like a daunting and hopeless situation. You might even feel violated in some ways. But with the right attorney to guide you, getting your life back in order will be as easy as a breeze on a Tahitian beach. Safe and happy travels!