What To Do When
Your Wallet Is Stolen
TMZ reported on August 23, 2012,
"Troubled 'Terminator' star Edward Furlong -- not to be confused with
troubled "Terminator" star Nick Stahl -- claims he was ROBBED on the
streets of L.A. this morning ... but truth is ... he was asking for
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Furlong flagged an officer making the
rounds in Skid Row -- one of the most drug-infested area in L.A. -- and
claimed he had asked a man for directions ... and the man aggressively
demanded his wallet.
Not wanting trouble, Furlong says he obliged ... and the dude took off. No
weapons were used."
Why would someone want to steal your wallet or purse? You may think it is
for the money, but there is something far more valuable thieves are after:
your identity. Lifelock.com says, "Of identity theft victims who knew how
their information was stolen, 20% indicated it stemmed from a lost or
stolen wallet." Was someone trying to steal Furlong's money or his
identity? It is hard to say, however, TMZ also reported on August 29 that
Furlong's wallet was returned.
You can avoid many of the headaches a stolen wallet can bring by being
proactive and knowing what to do immediately after the theft. Here are
Before your wallet is stolen.
-Keep the number to report lost or stolen cards handy (but not in your
-Make photocopies of your walletís important contents (driver's license,
-Don't keep your social security card in your wallet, and limit the number
of credit cards you carry in your wallet.
-Never leave your wallet or purse unattended.
After your wallet is stolen.
-Monitor bills for any fraudulent activity on any accounts.
-Call your credit card and ATM card issuers.
-Open a report with local Police or Sheriff
-Contact your bank or credit unionís fraud department and report the
-Order and begin a vigilant review of your credit reports
-Report a missing driverís license to your stateís department of motor
-If your keys are missing change the locks on your home and / or car.
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