There is almost no more sinking feeling that losing your personal and financial information like your wallet, credit cards, purse, and social security card.
Last week my wife Pam lost her purse. The bad news was after days of searching for it, it was clearly misplaced. I know it wanted to come home. I wanted it to come home.
After the initial wave of panic had passed and she had turned the house over looking for it she immediately started logging on to check the bank cards for any unusual activity. There wasn’t any thankfully.
And then we started to worry about what a crook could do with all the information in her purse.
The last thing you want to deal with is identity theft. But then again if a bad actor had her purse, they also had her address and keys.
Her stomach was churning for a couple of days as the hunt and step retracing continued.
Finally she gave up a bit of hope and cancelled her debit card. But before we cancelled the rest I suggested we sign up for LifeLock identity theft protection.
I even surprised myself with this purchase. In the past I’ve been critical about the expense of such services but it is amazing how quickly your opinion can change when it is your purse or your wallet that has vanished.
The funny thing is it was 30 seconds after we realized the purse was long gone that I wish we had signed up for LifeLock before it was lost. Duh!
I’ve lost my wallet before but it was never a concern. You see it was lost overboard in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. I had no worries that was going to wind up in the hands of an identity thief. A fish maybe.
Still, losing your wallet or having it stolen is not an experience I want to live though, again, ever.
The good news is that Pam did find her purse. It seems she had accidentally left it at a fast food place. And while someone cleaned out the $30 in cash, they also turned in the rest of the purse to a manager. Thank you whoever you were.
This isn’t the first time she’s lost her purse. I think we better keep the LifeLock credit monitoring and protection for now.
It might be something to consider before the vital information goes missing. Don’t repeat our mistake.Have You Ever Lost Your Purse, Wallet, Credit Card, or Social Security Card? by Steve Rhode