Identity theft is one of those things that one never thinks it is going to happen to them yet it can happen to anyone for the simplest of mistakes. With your log in information someone can access your facebook profile and mess with your account or with a lost or stolen credit card, someone can incur charges on your account and make you lose your savings in an instant. Losing your wallet or purse is also a way your identity can get stolen and this is the headache I've had to deal with in the past few days.
Earlier in the week, my mother went out with a friend of hers to get something to eat after a day of shopping so they can unwind and relax. Soon after they left the restaurant, my mother realized that she had left her purse inside and went back to grab it. The purse at that point wasn't at the table and the table was being cleaned by one of the employees there. My mother asked if he had seen her purse behind and he said he hadn't seen it. She searched left and right for the purse inside the restaurant to no avail. It seemed strange because they had only been gone from the restaurant for about 3 minutes and the place seemed to be empty. The waiter did note however that there was a group of people who were sitting behind their booth and that they might have taken. Thats when it dawned on my mother that her purse was now in the hands of someone else.
This was all a headache and it took more than just one day to fix. My mother still has to go to the DMV to get a new license. The car also has to go to the dealership and have its locks changed and we still have to deal with the insurance company later on. A new cell phone has to also get ordered still as soon as her insurance goes through with it as well. Luckily for us no one used any of the credit cards that were in the purse or used the cell phone to make long distance calls. This has been a huge headache for my mom and for me as well and its something that could have been prevented. Always be cautious of your possessions when you are out and chances are this wont happen to you.
Have you guys ever lost your wallets/purses before? Has something been stolen from you before? For example, my older brother once had his car broken into and they took the car stereo. We were in a fairly decent neighborhood as well so we didn't really expect it.