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What to do if you lose your wallet
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Losing your wallet on a trip is a worst-case scenario, but if it does happen to you, don’t forget that your life will go on. And just as importantly, there are steps that you should take immediately after losing a wallet to ensure that you limit your exposure/risk.

In a helpful post on the subject, LifeLock (which works to prevent identity theft) put together a list of 11 steps to take if you lose your wallet. It runs from “Call the issuer of your debit card” (step 1) to “Set up fraud alerts with the national credit bureaus” (step 4) to “File a police report” (step 6) to “Make a list of what else was in your wallet” (step 11). It also includes phone numbers for many major banks, numbers for the three major credit bureaus, estimated fees, and more. It’s a good read. Hopefully you’ll never need it!

And a good tip within a tip, from step 7: “Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet. Thieves love this card because they love having your Social Security number. They’ll have a far easier time applying for loans or lines of credit in your name with this information…In most cases, the Social Security Administration will not give you a new Social Security number.”

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1 Comment On "What to Do If You Lose Your Wallet"
  1. MR. A. B. JAMES|

    copy all wallet contents front and back. keep in safe place. copy overtime any contents are changed.

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