8 Things to Never Keep in Your Wallet

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Wallet lost
By Emily Inverso

That overstuffed wallet of yours can't be comfortable to sit on. It's probably even too clunky to lug around in a purse, too.

And with every new bank slip that bulges from the seams, your personal information is getting less and less safe. 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 immediately to limit your risk in case your wallet is lost or stolen.

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?"


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crazy ray

How about money and credit cards? Then why keep a wallet at all? After all, you aren't SUPPOSE TO lose the damn thing in the first place.

July 13 2012 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zygi & paris

In other words, just carry an empty wallet. Geesh.

July 13 2012 at 5:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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crazy ray

Let me catch my breath. It's so rare to read one of these comments that make sense.

July 13 2012 at 5:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mds308

Other things you shouldn't carry in a wallet.

9. used condoms.
10. contact lenses.
11. Fabrage Eggs
12. Microscope slides

July 13 2012 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
craigmrfrn

It's always good to keep fake important numbers in your wallet. Also when it comes to phishing scammers, just type in fictitious information. They look real good when they try to use it.

July 13 2012 at 12:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Jeanne

The trouble is, you can't get anything done without having all your proper ID including SSN.

July 13 2012 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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joehennes

Your number yes, your card... no. My Social Security card has been in the drawer of my night stand for years. No one has asked to see it since the last time I got a new job.

July 13 2012 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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crazy ray

Which room is tha again?

July 13 2012 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
tonycannoli

If it's not good to keep your social security card in your wallet, then why does your Medicare card have your Social Security number?

July 13 2012 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
burton99x

worst advice story ever

July 13 2012 at 9:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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muckraker100

PARANOIA ON STEROIDS... ARE WE SUPPOSED TO WALK AROUND WITH A SAFE STRAPPED TO OUR BACK?

July 13 2012 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tonidowntheblock

If I can't carry any of those things in my wallet..."what the hell do I need a wallet for?"

July 13 2012 at 6:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rhianon

1. Condoms
2. Your mistress's phone no.
3. What your plotting to do to your boss.
4. Receipt on how much you spent at the Topless Club the night before.
5. Nude pics of the other woman
6. Drugs
7. Key to your mistress's apt.
8. your secret chk. acct no.

July 13 2012 at 3:20 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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Rickrak

rolling papers.

July 13 2012 at 9:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rxalexfl

Sure.

July 12 2012 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply