For some people, the saying “everything but the kitchen sink” applies so well when it comes to their purse. And, while it may be tempting to carry your whole life around on your arm, there really are some things you just shouldn’t keep in your purse. Keep reading to find out what those things are.
Carrying a passport in your purse can put you at risk of identity theft. Even when you’re traveling abroad, you shouldn’t keep it in your purse. You should carry a photocopy of your passport and leave the real one in the hotel safe instead. Losing your passport in a foreign country is no fun at all. In fact, it’s one big headache as you’ll have to take several trips to the embassy, not to mention all the stress you’ll be under from worrying about your identity possibly being stolen.
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Passports are hard to forge, therefore a real one will be accepted more easily than other stolen documents, Eva Velasquez, CEO and president of Identity Theft Resource Center, told Reader’s Digest.
11. Social Security Card
If you don’t know your social security number off the top of your head, you need to memorize it ASAP. Otherwise, you put yourself at risk of identity theft. In fact, “your social security number is the critical piece of information a thief needs to carry out identity theft,” Velasquez told Reader’s Digest. As a matter of fact, aside from your driver’s license, you should avoid carrying anything with your social security number on it. This includes your Medicare card, too. Instead of carrying the real thing with you, One Reverse Mortgage suggests making a copy of your Medicare card and blacking out your social security number. That way you won’t have to worry about thieves having your social security number if your card gets lost or stolen.
TIP: Don’t carry your kids’ social security cards in your purse either. They’re even more at risk of identity theft because most parents don’t think to check their child’s credit report.