8 Things Not To Keep In Your Wallet This Holiday Season

Dated: 11/24/2014

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It's that time of year again. You're doing your holiday shopping in the midst of those distracting sales and crowds. You’re checking your gift lists (twice!) and your budget. You’re juggling bags and boxes. And you're paying little attention to your purse or wallet. These are the moments when identity thieves will strike. “Pickpocketing can happen virtually anywhere, and people should be on their guard, especially while shopping this holiday season,” says Ken Chaplin, senior vice president of Experian’s ProtectMyID.

“Thieves take advantage of the shopping rush and its inherent distractions to steal wallets, purses and, potentially, identities.” With just your name and Social Security number, identity thieves can open new credit accounts and make costly purchases in your name. If they can get their hands on (and doctor) a government-issued photo ID, they can do even more damage, such as opening new bank accounts.
These days, con artists are even profiting from tax-return fraud and health-care fraud, all with stolen IDs. We talked with consumer-protection advocates to identify the eight things you should purge from your wallet/purse immediately to limit your risk in case your wallet is lost or stolen. Remove receipts, Social Security Card, password cheat sheet, spare keys, checks, passport, multiple credit cards and your Birth Certificate.
And when you’re finished removing your wallet’s biggest information leaks, take a moment to photocopy everything you’ve left inside, front and back. Stash the copies in a secure location at home or in a safe-deposit box. The last thing you want to be wondering as you're reporting a stolen wallet is, “What exactly did I have in there?”  
Denver Colorado Realtor-Linda Nelson 
Linda is a motivated Realtor specializing with investors and new home buyers located in the following areas;
Aurora Castle Rock Centennial  Denver  Highlands Ranch Littleton Parker Westminster

 
 
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