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Lost Wallet Identity Protection

Carry the Bare Minimum for Identity Theft Prevention

Your wallet is akin to a miniature directory of your identity. Think about it. Your driver´s license, credit card, debit card, medical insurance card and other numbers are all stored together. From day to day, your wallet is a necessity and a great convenience. However, in the event of a lost wallet or stolen wallet, having all of this information in one place greatly increases your risk of identity theft.

Read our tips below for the appropriate actions to take before, immediately following and in the months after your wallet is lost or stolen. Also, visit the ProtectMyID blog to join the dicussion on identity theft protection and information security.
Carry the Bare Minimum for Identity Theft Prevention

Take Action Now

Take Action Now
  • Keep a record. If your wallet and everything in it were suddenly missing, you´d need to know what you had lost. In a personal notebook you keep in a secure place at home, write down all of the information from the front and back of your credit, debit, driver´s license, medical insurance and other important cards. Be sure to update the list as needed. This will help you make the appropriate calls following a theft.
  • Limit your cards. What you don´t carry in your wallet is just as important as what you do carry. For preemptive protection, only carry what you need on a daily basis. If you have multiple credit cards, only carry the one you use most often. Don´t write PINs or passwords on the back of your credit or debit cards or on pieces of paper you keep in your wallet.
  • Protect your SSN. Your Social Security number shouldn´t be on anything you regularly carry in your wallet. If any of your identification cards from a school, library or gym use your SSN as your member number, ask the organization for a randomly selected number and a new card. Be sure to shred the old one. Carry your actual Social Security card as infrequently as possible. If you need it to confirm your identity, be sure to return it to its safe storage place as soon as you can.
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Respond Quickly

Respond Quickly
  • Make the calls. As soon as you´re certain that your wallet or important cards are missing, call the issuers of your credit, debit, medical and driver´s license cards. Notify them of the situation and ask for a new account or identification number. Verify that your old numbers are no longer active. Even if your wallet is returned, you can´t know for certain that someone hasn´t written down your card numbers to use at a later time.
  • File a police report. If identity theft does result from a lost wallet or stolen wallet, a police report filed at the time of theft will establish credibility. Even if you are traveling, file a report with local law enforcement. Always ask for a copy of the report for your personal records. If you later need to contest fraudulent charges or activity on your accounts, you´ll already have the report on hand.
  • Contact the credit bureaus. A thief may find enough information in your wallet to open new accounts or simply use your existing cards to commit fraud. By placing fraud alerts with the three national credit bureaus, you can help prevent new accounts from being opened in your name without your express permission.
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Stay Vigilant

Stay Vigilant
  • Watch your account statements. Checking for the signs of identity theft is essential in the months following a lost wallet or stolen wallet. Carefully review each account statement, including your explanation of benefits (EOB) letters from your medical insurer. Look for purchases, transactions or services you didn´t authorize or receive. If you suspect fraud, call the number on your statement immediately.
  • Review your credit reports. Reviewing your monthly statements will only indentify fraud on your existing accounts. To identify new accounts fraudulently opened in your name, be sure to review your credit reports regularly - especially in the months following a lost wallet or stolen wallet. A new account that you didn´t open and don´t control is a serious threat to your credit and identity.
  • Learn from the experience. If you´ve already dealt with a lost wallet or stolen wallet, be sure you´re prepared to handle the same situation if it were to happen again. Use the tips on this page and consider signing up for identity theft protection that combines daily credit monitoring with advanced detection and support features.
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For even more tips on identity theft prevention, visit the Identity Theft Resource Center.

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How ProtectMyId
Can Help

Read ProtectMyID's Lost Wallet Tips on this page to know what to do if your wallet is lost or stolen. By following these tips, you can act quickly and regain your peace of mind.

ProtectMyID also gives you daily detection so you can easily identify the signs of fraud. If we detect changes related to your personal information, credit reports or address, you´ll receive a timely Alert. As needed, you can work with a dedicated Identity Theft Resolution Agent to resolve fraud and take the appropriate measures to protect yourself and your way of life.

To ensure we can effectively assist you with a lost wallet or stolen wallet, click here to update your Lost Wallet information. You only need to enter your debit and medical insurance card information. We can obtain your credit card information from your credit reports when your wallet is lost or stolen.

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