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Protect your wallet abroad

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by Mbonea, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. Mbonea

    Mbonea JF-Expert Member

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    A stolen or lost wallet can ruin even the most magical of holidays. So, before you head off on your travels, make sure you follow our top tips on keeping your money and cards safe. 1. Use a prepaid card
    You can't go overdrawn on prepaid cards and you - or anyone else - can top them up online and over the phone. Look out for deals that also provide competitive exchange rates, so you can fixed this when you load the card with a foreign currency.
    It's fairly easy to get a pre-paid card, as no credit checks are done when you apply. They are ideal if you want to budget when abroad but can also be used in the UK and for shopping online.

    However, bear in mind that prepaid card aren't necessarily free - there might be a charge for opening an account, putting money onto the card or withdrawing your cash.
    2. Take some travellers' cheques as a back-up
    Although you'll need to show ID in order to cash these, you can get them replaced if they're lost or stolen.
    3. Keep your eyes open
    Don't let your credit or debit card out of your sight when paying in a restaurant or shop. Not all countries have upgraded to chip and PIN, so you could be at risk if someone clones your card when you're not looking.
    4. Be prepared
    Keep photocopies of all your important paperwork such as your travel insurance policy and passport, and leave copies with your family, as well as emailing the documents to yourself. Include a note of lost card helplines for your credit and debit cards so you can quickly stop the cards if they're stolen.
    5. Keep your bank informed
    Tell your bank your plans before you go - otherwise it may block your account if it notices an unusual spending pattern. Also, check whether you can make your parents or partner an additional signatory on your account so they can speak to the bank in your absence.
  2. Abdulhalim

    Abdulhalim JF-Expert Member

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    Kiongozi naona ume-paste kabisa na tangazo!

    Nway, hivi kuna mtu alishawahi ku-cash hizi travellers cheques in Bongo? Na vipi makato yake?

    Mwenye ka-experience atujuze tafadhali.
  3. M

    MWENDAKULIMA JF-Expert Member

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    No comment.Imekaa ki-ulaya zaidi