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Call that credit card company and say, "I am going to be in Panama. Note in advance that I authorize hotel, food, in-country transit, etc." Chase keys this right into the account so that when they run the outliers software, I don't get pinched when I am out looking for some obscure coffee bean on a plantation that interests me. Our daughter has the account number to cancel if lost/stolen.

We lived on St. Croix for about 8 years with mainland credit cards. More than once when grocery shopping, my credit provider insisted on talking to me before approving the charge. "Mam, we felt this to be unusual activity and wanted to ask you your security questions before continuing...." Hello! Can you look at the billing address! These were charges I made on a weekly basis. Security is great, but brains are too.


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