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Don't be fooled by these sneaky airport scams

2. Security screen-and-snatch scam

Everyone is talking about those long security checkpoint lines in airports across the country. But, the TSA might not be the only reason lines are held up. Some scammers actually use these check point lines to take off with your belongings.

This scam requires more than one person to be in on the gig. It works like this: One of the scammers positions themselves in front of you in line. One of the scammers clears through the security check with no problems, while the other deliberately sets off the metal detectors to hold up the line.

While you wait for your chance to go through the metal detectors yourself, your bags emerge from the X-ray scanner, and are picked up by the scammer waiting on the other side of the check point.

What to do?

Avoid this scam by holding on to your bin for as long as possible, and keep a watchful eye out for your things on the other side of the X-ray scanner. That way, you can notify security if anyone tries to run off with your carry-on bag, laptop or other valuables.

3. Free Wi-Fi scam

While waiting for your flight, it's tempting to use the public Wi-Fi to check your email or bank account, or even post a status update on Facebook - but you shouldn't.

The same rule applies whenever you're at your favorite coffee shop, bookstore or anywhere free Wi-Fi is offered, because you really don't know who might be spying on your online activity.

Using simple software and tools, someone sitting nearby can track what you're doing. Depending on what you're viewing online, this could give someone else access to the login information for your various accounts, including your passwords.

It could also give them access to personal information, such as your social security number, address, date of birth, etc. Click here to discover three ways crooks can attack you using public Wi-Fi.

What to do?

The safest route is to not use public Wi-Fi for any browsing activities, no matter how small they might seem. Although it does use data from your monthly allowance, if you need to use your smartphone or tablet at the airport, it's best to connect through 4G or LTE.

You can take things even further by putting your phone into Airplane Mode even before you've reached the airport. But, if you must browse using a free public Wi-Fi network, we recommend that you use a VPN to encrypt your data.

Here are three VPNs to check out. Click the links below for more information.

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