You reach into your purse or pocket and it's gone. You've lost your wallet or it's been stolen. Now what? Here are some steps you should take to help you keep your valuables and identity safe and make reporting a lost wallet a lot easier.
Don't panic: Swing into action to help protect yourself and minimize your exposure to identity theft.
1 in 5
identity theft victims said the crime resulted from a lost or stolen wallet.1
If it happens to you
Take these steps immediately
Handle these items next
Then tackle the next tier of phone calls
Protect yourself in the future
Don't carry these items in your wallet:
Photo-copy the front and back of every item in your wallet. Store these copies in a safe place so you can access them easily if you ever need them.
Keep an eye on your accounts
Monitor your bank and credit card accounts and periodically check your credit report for unauthorized activity.
1Department of Justice 2010
Bank of America