Found a wallet loaded with I.D. Need advice on how to return it.
This AM while waiting for the bus, I found a small wallet. No money, but stuffed with a guy’s I.D. (He is 22). This is in the Toronto area.
The wallet has:
Driver’s License, Library Card, Health Card, and SIN Card. That is all.
But I don’t know how to track him down to return wallet. He has a very common name, and by googling him and looking on Facebook, too many variations of his name pop up. Plus using Facebook none of the profiles matching his name, match his picture on his Driver’s License.
There is an address on his Driver’s Licence, but when I do a reverse lookup on his phone number a recorded message comes up saying ‘The number has not been assigned’
I don’t want to just show up, unannounced on his doorstep.
I want to be a good Samaritan, because this I.D. is very important.
But how do I get it back to him?
Please advise, thanks.
Hand it to the police, the have ways of returning it.
Put a post-it on his door asking him to confirm the post wallet and his name. You can set up an email address if you're not comfortable using your own. Do it quickily so that he doesn't go and cancel everything...
If we assume you can't get past your reluctance to go the address on his driver's license, the key is the library card. The library can probably contact him on your behalf.
Because the phone number assigned to the address is out of service, I'm reluctant to go to the address. He might have moved, but didn't bother to get a new Driver's License.
Is he hot? Anything racy in his wallet?
Mail the wallet to the address. If he's no longer there, he should be having his mail forwarded for up to a year.
Nothing racy in his wallet.
Is he hot? Average
R6 I thought about that, but this I.D. is way too important for it to be stuck in the mail.
Health Card and Driver's License is not something someone can afford to be without for even a week.
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You can go to to library he patronizes and ask them to track him down. They often have the updated address.
[quote] SIN Card
Geez! You need a card for everything these days!
Go to the address and leave a note on the door. State that if he lost a wallet, contact you either by telephone or email, and to confirm his name when contacting you.
Or see if you can look him up on Facebook.
SIN Card = Social Insurance Card
Personally speaking, this guy is an idiot to be carrying that around. He should memorize the number and keep the card at home.
The government is actually phasing out the card.
Mail it to the address on the ID card. That's what someone good-hearted person did when I lost my wallet. It gave me a little faith in humanity.
Try the "Find my iPhone" application.
I've never understood how your SS # is supposed to be guarded with your life. When anybody and everybody has access to it: banks, credit card cos., schools, medical practices, insurance companies, DMV/BMV, the IRS....
I've seen literally thousands of them in my lifetime.
R15 it is a mistake to give it to all those places.
It should not be given at all, unless you get hired for a job. And that is only for tax purposes.
If you get asked, write in "When applicable"
Give it over to the nearest police station or drop it in the closest mail box.
OP, mail it to the address on the DL. There are plenty of reasons the phone number associated with the address might be disconnected, particularly since most younger people don't even *have* landlines these days. Also, if he's moved, the postal service should have his forwarding address.
Drop it with the police and writer a letter to the name and address on the ID and mail it there, telling him which Division to pick it up at.
(BTW, a letter is a piece of paper with words on it. You fold in and put it inside another piece of paper called an envelope. You can tell an envelop from a flat piece of paper because it has a flap. Lick the sticky edge of the flap. This is the glue that holds the flap down. Take another small piece of paper called a stamp and put it on the front of the envelope. You will know it is a stamp because you have to buy it and it is usually very colourful. Drop the stamped envelope in a place called a mail box. they are often red and usually have the word Mail on them someplace. Then it's done. Magically the papers will go to the guy's house and you don't even have to hit Get Mail. Sometimes this takes awhile. If it's decades, there will be a story about it in the local newspaper. A newspaper is...)
Listen to the song called Wallet by Regina Spektor.
[quote]This AM while waiting for the bus,
Take the wallet to the library. The library can track him down using his library card contact info, then they can call him and tell him he can pick up the wallet there.
To make sure the library takes the wallet, tell them you found the wallet in the library. That may be a lie but it ensures that they locate him.
I think also I've heard of people dropping found wallets in mailboxes. The postal employees may deliver it to him if his current address is in the wallet. But they might NOT deliver it, too.
The library is your best bet. I work in a library and we do the above frequently.
R19 where do I go to buy the stamp?
Take it to the police precinct nearest his address.
Just to end this thread, I just came back from the Police Stations.
Handed to the clerk, and just left.
Hope he gets it back.
Thanks to all that responded.
Never ever take possession of a lost wallet. The owner can always accuse you of lifting money out of it and how do you prove you didn't.
R26 I just dropped off the wallet at the Police Station. They didn't take my name or address.
I think the owner would be more grateful for the ID than the money.
BTW there was NO MONEY in the wallet.
[quote]The owner can always accuse you of lifting money out of it and how do you prove you didn't.
Um, the burden is on the *accuser*, not the accused, to prove such a claim is true. Unless one has a history of pickpocketing, there would generally be a presumption of innocence in such an instance.
They can accuse you all you want, they wouldn't get anywhere with it. Any one could have taken anything from it and dumped the wallet before the person returning it found it. The fact that the person who found it is making an attempt to return it would look favorable on them anyway because if they took anything they could have just trashed the wallet and not bothered.
You can be sued civilly for conversion; preponderance of evidence is the standard. Yes, someone CAN make your life living hell by suing you in civil court, getting very invasive discovery rights, forcing you to hire an attorney. All of this can happen.
This is how and where you sought advice?
A friend always reverses his SSN last four digits when he fills out medical forms. Can this work against him somewhere down the line?
Well R30 the cops didn't take my name or address. My finger prints are not on file.
So I guess I dodged a bullet!
Can you cite when this happened ever?
There's a scam happening in my city where immigrant communities are targeted. The transit authority here makes it a habit to take down the name & addresses of those who find wallets. Obviously, some crooks figured out how to use this to their advantage. They "drop" wallets in the subway, then sue the person who found the wallet. They offer to settle with the person for a small sum of money ($200) and agree to drop the lawsuit. This came to my attention as a pro bono attorney.
Sort of like the immigrants who pile into a car and deliberate crash into another car, and sue for whiplash.
and do they actually have a case r26/r35?
[quote]You can go to to library he patronizes and ask them to track him down. They often have the updated address.
What is this, 1977? Who the hell uses a library anymore?
I do, R38.
I have just dropped it in the mailbox. Sometimes when there is no money, there WAS money and then when you return it people look at you like you took it.
r38, a lot of people. Students and now that computers and free wi-fi is there the library is packed.
R38 sounds like that pissed-off guy with all the money in the "I Returned Something to the Gap" thread.