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What To Do if Your Wallet Is Missing
Often people store their cash, driver's licenses, credit cards and deposit slips in their wallets.  Any thief with your personal financial records is lucky indeed.  A thief who has your social security number, bank card, date of birth and home address can impersonate you and make off with your life savings.   Your plight may be far worse if your wallet also held security codes or spare keys to your car or house.

  1.  As a precaution, make an emergency list of all important items in your wallet so you know where to call if your wallet is missing.  If you already lost your wallet and didn't make a list, make one now while your memory of your wallet's contents is still fresh.  Then, do at least the following:

  2. Call the local sheriff's office as soon as you know about your loss and have them assign you a case number.  Your  case number establishes that you made a timely report of the accident.  Having a case number also safeguards your rights when dealing with other agencies.

  3. Tell each credit card agency about the loss and give them your case number. 

  4. Have your bank close old checking and savings accounts and then open new ones.  Get the bank to issue you some temporary checks until your new checks arrive.

  5. Give the DMV your case number and they will replace your  driver's license free of charge.

  6. If your social security card was in your wallet, get a replacement by calling (800) 772-1213.

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For more ways to protect yourself against identity theft, see Consumer-SOS-Privacy & Identity Theft

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