In the event there are magazine sales representatives in your residence hall contact University Police immediately. Solicitation of these sales are not permitted and are against the law. Protect your information and contact magazine clearing houses directly if you wish to subscribe.
The next time you order checks, have only your initials instead of first name and last name put 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 how you sign your checks.
Wallets and Credit Cards
Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine, do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will then 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.
Here is some critical information on limiting the damage in the event that your wallet, check book, credit cards, ect. are stolen.
Limiting the Damage
Cancel your credit cards immediately. The key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them easily.
File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen, this proves to the credit providers you were diligent, and is a first step toward an investigation.
Here is the most important: Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Scial Security number. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.
Credit Reporting Organizations
|Experian (formerly TRW)||1-888-397-3742|
|Social Security Administration (fraud line)||1-800-269-0271|
ref:Virginia State Patrol