For many people, the arrival of summer means more traveling away from home. Vacations involve plenty of expenses, so keeping your funds safe and secure should be a top priority. Essex Bank recommends these two important steps to protect your money and keep the fun in your vacation.
Notify Essex Bank a few days before you travel.
Let us know the details of your travel plans – especially if you’ll be traveling to and from the popular vacation destinations of Florida or California, or internationally – a few days before you embark on your trip. By doing so, we can alert you to specific concerns about your destination or other localities along your route and be ready to monitor your account for any suspicious activity. Since many cruises originate from or pass through Florida, ATMs aboard cruise ships will likely be included within blocked areas. For such situations, Essex Bank can make special arrangements to allow you access to your funds via your debit card.
If we are not aware of your travel plans, a debit card purchase in an unfamiliar place may cause the transaction to be declined. When traveling internationally (which includes locations throughout Canada) your Essex Bank debit card will not work unless we have been notified of your travel plans in advance. To communicate your travel plans to Essex Bank, you can speak with an associate at a branch location or call Customer Service at 1-800-443-5524.
Have more than one payment method.
It is always smart to have access to more than one source of funds when you travel. In addition to your Essex Bank debit card, carry a combination of alternative payment methods. When using your debit card on vacation, always monitor your purchases and account balance carefully and report fraudulent activity as soon as possible.
Associates at any Essex Bank location can provide you with more information about safeguarding your money as you’re preparing for your summer vacations. By keeping Essex Bank informed of your travel plans, we can help ensure a stress-free and successful vacation for you and your family.
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