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please help -lost usb stick with personal info

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TheoriginalLEM Mon 11-May-15 19:31:11

i am so stupid. i lost my purse and i think dp's tax code and id number is on it.

What can i do?

TheoriginalLEM Mon 11-May-15 19:32:15

has tax return everything on there

TheoriginalLEM Mon 11-May-15 19:32:37

national insurance number

TheoriginalLEM Mon 11-May-15 19:33:01

someone please help i don't know what to do

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 11-May-15 19:33:17

I know it's too late but always use password protected USBs for this kind of information.

catzpyjamas Mon 11-May-15 19:34:16

Where do you think you lost your purse?
Is there a password on the usb drive?

TheoriginalLEM Mon 11-May-15 19:36:32

no password. was in a woodland carpark. dp has been back and looked. he has totally lost it with me

TheoriginalLEM Mon 11-May-15 19:38:41

can we contact hmrc to get the password changed?

ChantenayCarrot Mon 11-May-15 19:39:47

I would inform HMRC to be honest - they can at least make a note on his file.

catzpyjamas Mon 11-May-15 19:40:03

Have you been back or just your DP? You may be better placed to check as you know where to look.
Have you checked down the side of car seats etc ?

catzpyjamas Mon 11-May-15 19:41:38

Yes HMRC can change the password. If you have it recorded anywhere else you can log in and change it yourself.

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 11-May-15 19:42:32

Have you reported the loss to the Police? Because if the purse is no longer where you lost it, someone presumably has it...

TheoriginalLEM Mon 11-May-15 19:54:38

catz that is good to know. assuming can't change ni number

TheoriginalLEM Mon 11-May-15 19:58:17

mrsterrypratchet i looked up local police number apparently lost purse etc is not a police matter. but do you think i should still call them ? i was hoping someone might have handed in. it was left in a wildlife woodland car park. so hoping only naice people/runners etc. <niave> .

am devestated as was xmas present from dd expensive purse.

catzpyjamas Mon 11-May-15 20:00:04

No I'm afraid not but definitely contact HMRC to let them know. Here's a link to their website:
Previously submitted online returns can be downloaded from the site afaik.

As far as your purse goes: check bins near where you lost it in case the finder took cash and dumped it. Check with local police, Gumtree and whiteboomerang etc.

catzpyjamas Mon 11-May-15 20:01:39

Sorry this link for HMRC :

grannytomine Mon 11-May-15 20:03:50

Hope someone hands it in, my DS left his laptop in Weatherspoons on a Saturday night. Never expected to get it back but it was behind the counter waiting for him. There are nice people about, I have my fingers crossed for you.

catzpyjamas Mon 11-May-15 20:05:44

Oh and you can report it here too:

VanitasVanitatum Mon 11-May-15 20:08:59

Eish LEM, what a day! Very very unlikely anyone will look on the stick. As other people have said just change the password ASAP and have a wine

TheoriginalLEM Mon 11-May-15 20:32:28

my faith in human nature has been restored. someone handed it to the police and a very handsome young police officer has just knocked on my door to tell me they have it wink

namechange0dq8 Mon 11-May-15 20:36:27

The solution:

Satinslippers Mon 11-May-15 20:37:03

I lost my purse once without even realising. A delivery man noticed it in the road and bought it back to me. I almost kissed home when he did! I gave him a really nice bottle of champers to say thanks. Glad you got it back.

Seriouslyffs Mon 11-May-15 20:39:12

Fantastic news LEM!

catzpyjamas Mon 11-May-15 20:54:45

Brilliant! Put a password on the usb!

MrsTerryPratchett Tue 12-May-15 01:36:35


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