My sister's purse was stolen!

<p>At work of all places! She lost, her driver's license, credit cards, checkbook, cell phone, and worst of all her SOCIAL SECURITY CARD! This is a 41 year old woman who knows better. She admits it was a good lesson for her.</p>

<p>All of you who still have your Social Security cards in your wallets...please remove them, IMMEDIATELY! If you need to know your SSN, memorize it. Also get someone else to memorize it (in case of temporary amnesia...hey, it happened to me!)</p>

<p>Oh NO, SpringfieldMom!!! So sorry to hear about this...<em>sigh</em> What a bunch of extra work and worry for your sis. </p>

<p>Good reminder too. I don't carry mine around, but I happen to have a couple of my kids' in my purse right now because I needed them for something. I'm taking them out IMMEDIATELY! </p>

<p>Hope she gets everything taken care of quickly. And thanks for the great advice!</p>


<p>My SS card has long since disintegrated. It was just a paper card that I received over 35 years ago. I can't think of any reason for anyone to carry an SS card around or really, even have one (the card - not the SS number).</p>

<p>I hope your sister's purse is found eventually. I hope she immediately canceled all her credit cards and placed a credit alert on all of her CC and bank accounts. Does her place of employment have security cams that might have caught the perpetrator?</p>

<p>Thanks, but yes she did cancell her credit cards and bank accounts, notified the Dept. of Transportation, notified all three credit bureaus and requested weekly updates of her credit report. She works in a small art gallery, and I doubt they have security cameras. Anyway, it was easy enough to get her purse; an alleged customer distracted the employees while a cohort stole the purse from behind the counter. Classic story. Luckily, there has been no activity on anything so she's lucky. They may have just been after her money.</p>

<p>I can't think of any reason for anyone to carry an SS card around or really, even have one (the card - not the SS number).</p>

<p>When you get a job- often they want to see your actual SS card- to help protect against identity theft.</p>

<p>The 2nd month of school, my car was broken into and my purse stolen in the parking lot of my Ds high school, about an hour after school, she was at sports practice. I was gone 5 minutes- long enough to run in, slide an envelope under the door for a counselor, and run back out.
They knew enough not to try and force the lock, they just busted the drivers side window.
My purse, which was between the seats had my wallet- my cell phone- my check book and my (sob) palm pilot.
As soon as they grabbed my wallet they charged at three different gas stations in the area.
- luckily I didn' t have my house keys in there</p>

<p>My nearly 80 year old mom "lost" her purse about 3 or 4 years ago. Actually, she thinks she put it on top of her car and then pulled out of the garage and forgot about it for just a short distance from her home. Anyway, to make a long story short, we found a couple of items that, as the purse fell off the roof, must have fallen out of the purse alongside the road. We never found the purse. She reported everything to the police--as required for credit cards, etc. She had all of her credit cards replaced and old ones cancelled. She even had the locks changed on her doors because she had an extra house key in her purse. What a nightmare it was for her to try to get her driver's license replaced! Well, about 6 months later, she received a package in the mail. It was her purse!! Someone had found it along the road, $40 cash was missing, but everything else was intact minus the few items we found on the road. It was very eery--she contacted the police again. I think they followed up on it. She still does not know why this person mailed the purse back to her after so much time passed or if this person took the money. None of the credit cards had been used. She was very grateful to get it back though.</p>

<p>^^^Been there, sort of. S called last Fall from college to say his wallet had been stolen out of his truck. Inside were Driver's license, student ID, military ID,debit card and credit card. I had to mail him his birth certificate and his Social security card for him to get a new driver's license. I was so nervous about them getting lost in the mail. And of course had to cancel credit and debit cards. All of it a big pain in the neck.
Long story short...he came home to vist this weekend and said he had recently found his wallet crammed down between the seat cushions of his truck. We all got a big laugh out of it because he has long been known for misplacing things.
His "stolen wallet" experience did prompt H and I to remove SS cards from our wallets.</p>

Actually, she thinks she put it on top of her car and then pulled out of the garage


I put my wallet on top of the car once and it was gone by the time I got home. It had a hundred or so dollars in it. Luckily, a short time later a Pizza Hut delivery guy called and said he found it and delivered it to me. It still had all the cash. I gave the delivery guy a great tip (even though I had no pizza). It's nice that there are still honest people about.</p>

<p>I found a wallet on the floor of a cab during a business trip in DC. The usual... a couple of hundred in cash, driver's license, credit cards, photos.</p>

<p>Luckily, the airport had a post office. I pulled out $20 from the wallet, packed it up, had it sent registered mail to the address on the license.
I might have bought a coffee and sandwich with the change.</p>

<p>My female business associate traveling with me was mad at me for taking the $20 for postage from the found wallet instead of paying for its return with my funds, and didn't say a word to me the entire flight home.</p>

<p>I felt the $20 a small price.</p>

<p>I guess you can't please everybody.</p>

<p>Seriously Violadad, how big was this wallet that it cost $20 to mail ;)</p>

<p>I received a small overnight package with no sender's name/address on it, and was afraid to open it. No postage either, but the postoffice still delivered it. My DH would not touch it, he said honey if it's a bomb, it has your name on it!!!</p>

<p>For 2 weeks it sat on my vanity. One morning when I was brushing my teeth, I looked at it and said, "Hey, that's the size of my wallet", dropped my toothbrish, ripped the package open and voila my wallet was inside, all the cash gone ($200!!) but otherwise intact. I was so mad that they kept my money but could not pay $5 postage. </p>

<p>It had been stolen 2 weeks earlier in the mall.</p>


<p>I could have easily made it lighter. This was 20 years ago. The smallest bill in there was a 20.</p>

<p>In hindsight, perhaps I should have pulled out the cash, stuck it in an account and used it down the road for future college costs.</p>

<p>Goshdarn ! A few Microsoft stock, and you would have been set 20 years later!! (You do know I was kidding up there, right?) What size coffee did you get?</p>

<p>Yep. Took it as tongue in cheek. Microsoft is still privately held, isn't it? Exxon would have been a nice safe bet. Twenty plus years of record profits every quarter... I'd be in Tahiti now.</p>

<p>Medium coffee, black, no sugar. Always. The large ones always take too long to cool. They always look at me funny if I ask for ice.</p>

I was so mad that they kept my money but could not pay $5 postage.


It likely wasn't the thief who mailed the wallet to you. Many thieves steal the wallet or purse, take what they want out of it, then drop it on the ground or in the trash very quickly so they won't be found with it. Your wallet was likely sent to you by a good samaritan who found it on the ground.</p>

<p>Maybe everyone should nix their purses and wear fannie packs (I think that's what they are called).</p>