PUEBLO, Colo. – Losing your wallet is a stressful occurrence, but there are some tasks that must be completed as quickly as possible once you notice the loss.
The Federal Citizen Information Center offers the following tips:
- Make a list of what you had in your wallet and tackle the important things first.
- Immediately cancel all your credit and debit cards, letting your bank know that your wallet was lost or stolen. Request new copies of the card with a new account number.
- If you were the victim of theft, file a police report so there is an official record.
- Report a missing driver’s license to your state’s department of motor vehicles and request a new copy.
- Alert the fraud departments of the three major credit reporting companies. They will place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number, and you can request that they alert you before opening a line of credit in your name. (Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742; Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289)
- Request a replacement Social Security card and consider not carrying it in your wallet in the future.
- Contact either your company’s HR department or your health insurance provider directly to get a replacement insurance card. If you’ve lost a Medicare card, contact the Social Security Administration to get a replacement.
- 8. For other club membership, video rental and bonus club cards, you’ll have to contact the each company individually. Use the directory on consumeraction.gov to get a direct line to consumer affairs or member relations departments.
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