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Protect Your Personal Info When you Rent a Car

Connecting your phone to a rental car could put your identity at risk.

You made it through the first leg of your journey and picked up your rental car. You’re excited to get on the road. You synch up your phone, make a hands-free call, and then start the playlist you created for this trip. You enter in your destination address and plug your phone into the USB port to charge it.

But have you ever thought about the risks of connecting your smartphone or other device to a rental car?

What Info Could be Stolen?
You probably don’t think twice about synching your smartphone to your own car because you and your family are the only ones who have access to it. But connecting your phone or other device to a rental car allows the system to potentially transfer your personal information to the rental car.

Some of what could be transferred and saved includes:

How to Reduce Your Risk
Your information isn’t going to be stolen as soon as you plug your phone into the car. It’s more a matter of taking steps to protect it.

Conclusion
You probably already have a mental checklist when you return your rental car: Throw away your trash, fill up the car with gas, and remove your personal belongings. So, from now on, just consider your personal information a belonging too.

Suspect you are a victim of identity theft, or want advice on how to take precautions to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft? As a MetLife Auto & Home® policyholder, you have access to dedicated fraud specialists who will assist you every step of the way, at no cost to you and no claim needed. Call our service provider, CyberScout, at 866-305-7216, or visit its website at /cyberscout-idtheft.com/, for 24/7 assistance.*

*Identity protection services are not available to auto customers in NC or NH nor with all policy forms. Identity protection services are available in NC homeowners policies with the optional “Identity Theft Expense and Resolution Plus” endorsement for an additional premium.

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