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AS SOON AS IT HAPPENS
- report the crime to the police
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- report the crime to the three major credit reporting agencies
- check your credit report and accounts for fraudulent activity
- have a fraud alert put on your credit report
NOTIFY YOUR BANK
- check to see if your ATM card or checks were stolen
- call the bank to close any affected accounts
- stop payment on any false checks that have cleared
- have bounced checks marked "account closed for fraud"
- request new accounts, new ATM cards, and a new PIN
- change safety deposit boxes
PEOPLE TO CONTACT
- contact your credit card companies to cancel your cards
- request new cards with different account numbers
- report the crime to your insurance companies
- report the crime to the driver's license office
- get a new driver's license with a different number
- contact any other appropriate agencies or businesses
- get replacement membership, library, and other account cards
PREVENTING PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE
- make a front and back photocopy of everything in your wallet
- keep a list of all account numbers in a safe place
- also keep a list of contact info for each account
- never print your social security number on your checks
- never print your driver's license number on your checks
- don't carry your social security card in your wallet
- don't use your social security number for your driver's license number
- have only your first initial and last name printed on your checks
- print your work phone number and address on your checks
- change your account passwords regularly
- never throw away statements with account numbers (always shred)
- never throw away papers with your social security number (always shred)
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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.
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