10 Things You Should Do Immediately After Losing Your Wallet via @wisebread
As a matter of fact, this happened to me not to long ago. I was in limbo and feeling like I was going to die.
I hadn’t lost my wallet in fifteen years and I was like a lost child at one point, wanting to just sit and cried until someone else found it and brought it back to me. Reality slapped me back and I knew that fairytale was never going to happen.
Quick action and a cool mind helped me put my life back together – although the gift cards in there are long gone and I’m mad about that.
Our friends at Wisebread.com gives us a great list of what to do when that frightening moment happens.
10 Things You Should Do Immediately After Losing Your Wallet
This article is made possible by our underwriter Equifax.
We all know that sense of panic when we realize that our wallet or purse is missing. If you’re like me, half of your life is in your wallet. Credit cards, debit cards, ID, insurance cards, money — you name it, it’s in there. And if it falls into the wrong hands, it could be devastating. The least that can happen is you lose a little money. But you could be the victim of identity theft and fraud that could have repercussions for years.
So what do you do should the worst happen? Here is a checklist for you, featuring some very important numbers and a little advice that you should follow today to help you keep your valuables safe and make reporting a lost wallet a lot easier.
1. First of All, Is It Actually Lost or Stolen, or Just Misplaced?
I can’t tell you the number of times I thought my wallet was lost only to realize that it had fallen out of my pocket in the car or I left it in my desk drawer at work. The steps that follow are designed to render the contents of the wallet useless to any would-be thief or opportunist. But they also make life very difficult for you if you later find your wallet down the side of the sofa.
You may want to call some of the places you’ve been recently, like restaurants, stores, and the mall. People are more honest than they’re given credit for, and will usually hand in a wallet or purse if they find one.
So before you continue, make sure you’ve looked in all the places it could be, and know for certain that it has gone for good. If it really is missing, start with number two.
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Posted on May 2, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged 10 Things I Hate About You, Credit card, Debit card, Equifax, Gift card, Identity document, Identity theft, Wallet. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.