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What To Do If Your Wallet Is Stolen

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  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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