To the Editor:

My wallet was stolen. Out of my purse. Which sat in the grocery cart behind me as a clever man distracted me by asking for directions to the hospital. Obviously there was another person. But I saw nothing unusual. I heard nothing unusual. I suspected nothing. And, before I realized what had happened and got my credit and debit cards blocked, transactions of about $6,000 had been perpetrated.

I’ve learned a few hard lessons. Your PIN number does not protect your cards. Don’t turn your back on your purse. Don’t carry everything in your wallet. Be sure to park in a busy, well lit area. If someone tries to distract you, be sure to guard your possessions.

It’s been a traumatic experience. I hope by sharing it that others can avoid the same fate.

Roberta Histed