Some legal advice on how to protect your personal finances:
2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, do not
put the complete account number on the 'For' line. Instead, just put the
last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and
anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check
processing channels won't have access to it.
3. Put your work phone number on your checks instead of your home phone. If you
have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO
Box, use your work address. Never have your SS# printed on your checks.
4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Copy both sides
of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet
and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel if it becomes necessary.
Keep the photocopy in a safe place.
Simple steps that might save you a lot of hassle in the future.