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In case of lost wallet or purse
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Following are suggestions and phone numbers to call to help protect yourself from theft of your identification, credit cards, etc.

Password your accounts (i.e., phone, utility, financial) This can be done either by supplying a password or providing a password rather than your mother’s maiden name.

When you order checks, do not print them with the way you sign your checks (i.e., if you sign your full name, imprint with one or both first initials and last name).

Never have your Social Security Number or Drivers License Number printed on your checks.

Photocopy both sides of documents you carry in your wallet such as credit card, drivers license. Put these copies and toll free phone numbers for reporting problems include the credit card companies, bank, three national credit reporting organizations (see below) and social security fraud line (see below) in a safe place.

Here are suggestions to limit the damage in case your wallet is lost or stolen.

  • Cancel your credit cards immediately using the toll free numbers provided on the back of each card.
  • Promptly file a police report in the jurisdiction where your wallet was stolen, this proves to credit providers you were diligent.
Even through there is a fourth source tracking all of your personal transactions, the most important step is to call the three major national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and social security number.

The numbers are:
  • Equifax 1.800.525.6285
  • Experian (formerly TRW) 1.888.397.3742
  • Trans Union 1.800.680.7289
  • Social Security Administration (fraud line) 1.800.269.0271
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