If your wallet is lost or stolen, call your bank first, then credit card companies, etc.
By Keeper from Morganton, NC
Occasionally, I find the coin purse hanging outside my handbag and I know I have been careless and failed to return it to the inside of the bag. I still have it though and am happy that it is still attached to me.
By Avis from Boulder, CO
I notified my bank first. Then I notified the companies of which I had credit cards in my billfold. Next I notified the License Bureau and State Board of Nursing, that my licenses were no longer in my possession.
I had the locks on the house doors changed that day. Thankfully, my car keys were in my coat pocket! If I had a cellphone then I would have notified the company right away too.
In less time than I imagined, I had replacement licenses and credit cards. These actions were very effective for me, and I recommend these same steps for others to follow who lose their purse or wallet.
By Julia C. from Indianapolis, IN
Every year, we type out a list that includes information on cards that almost all of us have on our person: credit cards, health/dental/auto insurance cards, drivers license, membership cards, and so forth.
Choose list columns that make sense (member number, customer service 800#, expiration date, etc). and print several lists to keep in a safe, lock box at home, in a purse or wallet, safety deposit box at bank, or anywhere else you feel it will be secure. If anything should happen, this list could be your lifesaver and all that information will take up no more space than 1 sheet of paper.
By Amy from Northern Virginia
Tips for dealing with losing your wallet or purse. Post your ideas.
Make copies of your important account numbers and phone numbers, so if your purse or wallet is lost or stolen, you can immediately phone to cancel credit cards, bank accounts, etc. Keep this information hidden in your vehicle trunk. It saves time, if you can do it immediately rather than wait until you get home. The sooner the better!