If you do lose your wallet:
- Photocopy every piece of paper in your wallet or purse - credit cards and licenses. If you lose your wallet or purse, you now have a record what was in there and know what needs to be replaced. If you keep a few cheques in there, make sure you note the numbers. Make a note on your calendar or computer to renew this photocopy process next year.
- Leave your Social Insurance or SIN card and birth certificate at home.
- Notify the two credit checking agencies, Equifax and Trans Union, to red flag your credit record.
- Call your charge card companies and notify them of the number of your account.
- Go to nearest police station and report a theft. Carry a list of all of the cards and numbers of contents that might go missing.
- Call Equifax 514.493.2314 and Trans Union 877.713.3393 to red flag your credit rating.
- Call: 514.283.2152 (passports); 514.496.1010 (immigration, visa, citizenship cards), 800.622.6232 (old age identity card).
- If you lose your bank book or blank cheques, change the numbers of your checking accounts; don't merely stop the missing cheques. Replace your convenience card and debit card and make sure to change your PIN number if you wrote it anywhere amongst the lost papers.
- Notify direct deposit or withdrawal companies that access your account to give them the new numbers.