Wallet Protection

What You Can Do
  • Instead of signing the back of your credit cards, write ’PHOTO REQUIRED.'
  • Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine.   Copy both sides of each license, credit card, insurance card, etc.   Then, you will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel.   Keep the photocopy in a safe place.
  • Minimize what you carry in your wallet.  Do not carry what you do not need (Social Security card, checking account information, etc.)  Keep a copy of what you do carry in your home.
  • Ordering Checks.  The next time you order checks, have only your initials (instead of your first name) and last name printed on them.  If someone takes your checkbook, they will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your first name, but your bank will know exactly how you sign your checks.  
  • Blank courtesy checks.  Buy a cross-cut shredder and destroy all unsolicited pre-approved credit offers and blank “courtesy” checks.  
  • Never print your Social Security number on your checks.  All a thief needs is your Social Security number—which is routinely used by government agencies, health care providers, utility companies, employers, and financial institutions.  
  • Put your work phone number on your checks, instead of your home phone.  If you have a PO Box, use that instead of your home address.  If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address.  
  • Avoid carrying your checkbook or your Social Security card.  
  • Buy online with credit, not debit cards.  With a credit card, your maximum liability for unauthorized purchases is $50.  
  • Guard your health plan card like you would your credit card.  
  • Check your statements, shred discarded medical bills and benefit information—never give your plan number to people who call you, and report theft of your plan card just as you would your credit cards.  
  • Opt-out of all pre-approved credit card offers by calling 888-567-8688.  
  • If identity theft happens to you, contact a Spokane Crime Victim Advocate for assistance, if needed, at  
Spokane C.O.P.S. - Identity Theft Program
(509) 625-3328
Samantha Purcell, Crime Victim Advocate, Spokane COPS
spurcell@spokanecops.org
Contact them to make a presentation on Identify Theft awareness. 
http://www.spokanecops.org/site/6ff94093/everything-you-need-to-know-about-identity-theft?preview=true