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Fact sheet - If your wallet or handbag is stolen

A lost or stolen wallet or purse is a gold mine of information for a criminal. Criminals’ use information found in your wallet or purse – from credit cards, cheques or even your Medicare card.

If your wallet or purse is lost or stolen, act quickly to minimise fraudulent activity. This checklist can be used as a record of all the items that you usually carry in your wallet and the emergency contact details of the issuing company, or it can be used to help you recall your wallet’s contents.

Tick Item Details Date
  Drivers licence    
  Passport    
  Birth certificate    
  Medicare card    
  Employee or student ID card    
  Credit card #1    
  Credit card #2    
  Other    
  ATM card    
  Debit card    
  Other    
  Vehicle registration papers    
  Health insurance card    
  Car assistance card    
  Library card    
  Video store card    
  Health club card    
  Any bills/statements you may have been carrying    
  Store loyalty cards    
  Professional or recreational licences eg Boating    
  Discount cards or passes    

Your mobile or other handheld electronic device checklist

Your mobile phone or any other handheld electronic device contains a wealth of information about you and your friends that could increase the risk of identity theft should it get into the hands of a criminal.

It is a good idea to encrypt or use a password to protect your data. You should also keep a backup of the data on any device such as your PDA to use as a starting inventory should it be lost.

Tick Item Action Date
  Addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and birth dates for friends, family, business associates (some of these could lead to identity theft)    
  Any numbers or codes from the items above    
  Codes, passwords, authorisation information    
  Company proprietary information or intellectual property    
  Other    

     

IMPORTANT NOTE

This website gives information of a general nature and is not intended to be relied on by readers as advice in any particular matter. We suggest that you consult your financial planner on how this information may apply to your own circumstances.