According to the Arizona Attorney General, identity theft is the largest consumer complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission annually. Identity thieves can use your name to make purchases by stealing your checkbook, credit card, ATM card, or electronically getting access to your checking account. In some cases, thieves may have received medical services in your name or re-routed your tax refund.
Although you may think that the vast majority of identity theft cases involves hackers and online scams, a lost or stolen wallet or purse is often at the core of about half of the cases that have a known cause.
The following steps may prevent identity thieves from walking away with your wallet or purse.
Don’t Carry Sensitive Information
It’s likely that you know your Social Security number, so there is no reason to carry your Social Security card with you in your purse or wallet. Commit Internet account passwords and bank account PINS to memory and don’t keep written records in your wallet. The same goes for your checkbook, leave it at home. In general, ask yourself this simple question – Are you carrying anything that would be of value to an identity thief? If yes, stop carrying it around with you.
It’s important to make copies of everything you are carrying in your wallet. For example, your driver’s license, credit cards, insurance cards, etc. If you lose your wallet or purse, you will know exactly what the thief has.
Notify Appropriate Parties
Once you recognize you have lost your wallet or purse, you must notify all interested parties. This can include credit card companies, banks, the motor vehicle division, insurance providers and the three major credit reporting agencies. It’s also important to file a police report so that the authorities are aware that your wallet or purse is missing.
To learn how you can take charge if your identity has been stolen, visit https://www.azag.gov/identity-theft.
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