Thefts of wallets and purses from shopping carts are a crime of opportunity. Lessen your chances of being a victim by following the tips on this flyer.
If your purse or wallet is stolen know there will be minimal or no follow-up unless suspect information is developed. The Bloomington Police Department does not have the resources to follow-up on every report of credit card fraud or loss.
If your card is used outside of Bloomington you must report that information to the police department where the use occurred. Under normal circumstances, we do not investigate offenses that occurred in another city.
Please be aware that even if someone is arrested and prosecuted for theft or unauthorized use of your credit card, this does not always guarantee you will be compensated for your losses.
What should I do?
If you haven't done so already, call your bank and credit card companies immediately. Most have a toll-free, 24-hour number.
By law, once you report the loss or theft, you have no further liability for unauthorized charges. In any event, your maximum liability under federal law is $50 per card.
Check with each company regarding your maximum liability. This is important when your loss involves a debit card. As unlike a credit card, a debit card results in immediate loss of funds from your bank account.
Major credit card companies
Visa: U.S.A. only: 1-800-VISA911
Outside U.S.A. (collect call): 1-410-581-7931
American Express: 1-800-528-4800
When you call your credit card company, your account is usually closed and a new card and number are issued.
Start a file containing correspondence from your credit card company, bank and police department. Some of the information to include would be: copy of police report and report/case number, old credit account number, new credit card number and any other documents related to your loss or theft of your card.
This information will be useful to the law enforcement agency handling your case if a suspect is identified.
Credit card safety
- Report billing errors and unauthorized charges to your credit card company immediately. Keep track of sales slips and other pertinent information so you can compare these to your billing statements.
- Do not give your credit card number over the phone to anyone.
- Check your cards periodically to make sure none are missing. Limit the number to those you regularly use.
- Make sure your credit card is returned after each transaction.
- Personally destroy all carbons on sales slip to avoid unauthorized use of your name, card number and expiration date. (Carbons can be used by counterfeiters.)
- Carry only credit cards you will be using.
- Keep a list of credit card numbers and card company numbers in case a card is stolen or lost.
For further information or assistance
- If you have a problem with a credit card company, or would like to know more about the regulations that govern credit card companies contact the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis at 612-204-5000.
- Complaints and questions about credit cards issued by department stores, oil companies or other non-bank creditors should be addressed to:
Federal Trade Commission
Washington, D.C. 20580
- If your credit card is issued by a national bank, send any correspondence to:
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Consumer Activities Division
Washington, D.C. 20219
- If your credit card is issued by a savings and loan institution or a federal savings bank,contact:
Office of Thrift Supervision
1700 G Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20552
- For all other banks, write to:
Federal Reserve Board
Division of Consumer and Community Affairs
Washington, D.C. 20551