Things you should NOT carry in your wallet


You may like to have all your documents within reach … but so do identity thieves. These are 8 things you should not carry in your wallet.

1. Social Security Card (or the number … anywhere) – A stolen Social Security Card pretty much means identity theft. If you are retired, don’t carry your Medicaid card. A copy is fine, but black out the ending four numbers of your Social Security number.
2. Sheet with your passwords – It’s just not a good idea to have passwords on you. Keep them somewhere safe – there are also apps for that …
3. Extra keys – If stolen, you could have a problem. Give those spare keys to someone you trust.
4. Checks – If someone has your blank checks, they can cause damage. Only bring the amount of checks you need.
5. Passport – Getting a hold of this can be an identity thief’s dream. Just have your license on you. If you are traveling, carry a copy of your passport and keep the real one in the hotel … locked up.
6. Several credit cards – If you have a lot on you, there are more to be stolen or lost. Have a paper with you that has the cancellation numbers on it.
7. Birth certificate – Just like your passport and Social Security Card, this is a bad item to lose or have stolen.
8. A lot of receipts – If someone is smart enough, they can get your information from these receipts. Shred them or keep them in a safe place.

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