Go on vacation recently? You may be the victim of the latest data breach

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While vacations are supposed to be relaxing and fun for families, one recent issue could mean a vacation turned into a nightmare for thousands of Americans.

Hotel management company White Lodging says guests at more than a dozen of their properties may have been impacted by a suspected credit card data breach.

The breach may have occurred between March and December at Marriott hotels, Holiday Inn hotels and Sheraton hotels.

The report adds another scare to a list that includes Target, Neiman Marcus and Michael’s craft stores.

The National Retail Federation says they’re engaged in “a continuous battle against determined fraudsters,” who can act quickly.

Mark Rasch, a security expert, said, “Even though your credit card is still in your wallet, thousands of people all over the world can have copies of your credit card now. We can make a fake one and they can use it anywhere in the world.”

Experts suggest signing up for mobile or online banking, so you can monitor your account in real time.

If you suspect your identity has been compromised, Consumer Reports also recommends a security freeze on a credit file to make it more difficult for a crook to open accounts using stolen data.