This is a series about a certain purse owned by the Sangl Family. Unlike every other series I have written, I am NOT excited to be writing this one.
Part 5 – A Final Word
Losing a purse is terrible, but it happens. It has caused me to give serious thought to the actions one should take when personal items go missing. I have made a list of the actions I took and some I was preparing to take once we knew the purse was lost.
- Stopped all debit cards (should stop credit cards too if you have them)
- Placed stop-payment on all checks in the checkbooks
- File a police report to let them know you have misplaced an item. I am told by the bank that many recovered items end up being taken to a police station.
- Cut off the cell phone number from the phone
- Place an alert on your credit report. You can do so by contacting one of the three credit reporting agencies (TransUnion, Equifax, or Experian) and placing a "fraud alert" on your account. This will require the credit reporting agencies to actually make contact with you before a new line of credit can be opened. The person at the bank recommended Experian because they are open for twenty-four hours. You can click HERE to access Experian's Fraud Alert page.
- Contact the Social Security Administration if your SSN has been compromised. You can click HERE to visit the SSA's Fraud page.
I hope this sort of event never happens to you! If it does, I hope it turns out as well as this situation has for us.