Canada Dashboard Digest

Agency: Don't Post Vacation Plans

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY

February 11, 2011

Canadians should abstain from posting information to their social networking profiles about their vacation plans. That was the warning from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, which said that posting vacation plans on Facebook and Twitter leaves individuals vulnerable to identity fraud and home robberies, reports the Toronto Star. Thieves sifting through individuals' social media pages may also use the information to send a deceptive e-mail to family and friends claiming that they've "run into trouble overseas" and need funds, the centre warns. A CEO specializing in private home rentals says its online users are encouraged not to use real names to protect themselves and suggests privacy settings should restrict strangers' access to location-based posts.
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