What to Do When You Find a Wallet

1. The material it is made of

For many reasons, this is the first thing you need to consider when buying a wallet.

  • Leather

Good quality wallets are made of leather, although the choice really is yours.

Most are made of cow leather, although you can still find more expensive ones made of alligator leather. Sheep leather is also used for such purposes.

Many fake forms of leather exist in the market, and telling the difference can be quite difficult, especially if it is your first time purchasing leather products.

Fake leather products typically last for a shorter time compared to real leather, although the difference is also usually made up for in the price.

A good way to tell real leather from fake leather is to check the edges of the wallet. Real leather has rough edges while fake leather has smoother edges.

Real leather also has inconsistently placed pores on its surface, while fake leather has consistently placed pores on its surface.

If you have the time, you can also learn the difference in smell between real leather and fake leather.

Most wallets made of real leather also advertise the same on the wallets. Fake leather wallets might leave out the issue of the material entirely, or simply say it is made of manmade materials.

Leather wallets usually come in black or brown colors.

  • Cotton

Cotton is used to make much cheaper wallets.

Cotton wallets come in a larger variety of colors, making it great for matching whatever you wear.

On the flip side, cotton wallets do not last as long as leather wallets.

Ideally, you should not wear tight clothes or place the wallet in tight pockets since this will cause the wallet to wear and tear faster.

  • Silk and Nylon

Silk and nylon are more rarely used materials in the making of wallets.

Silk wallets are among the more expensive wallets, although not as expensive as leather wallets.

On the other hand, nylon wallets are very cheap, and regarded among the least classic wallets to own.

  • Random materials

Random materials are used to make wallets that imitate leather or cotton.

The actual material used to make the wallet could be old tires or vehicle seat belts.

Of course, such wallets are sold at a fraction of the cost of a similar real material wallet.

However, the resulting wallet is always a cheaper imitation which wears and tears very fast.


MyEtherWallet Web Browser

If you have ever signed up for an email address, then you are halfway through knowing how to create a web wallet. It only takes a couple of minutes to get set up.

  1. Go to myetherwallet.com from your web browser.
  2. Confirm you are on the right url site
  3. Under the main Menu, go to ‘New Wallet’ to create a new wallet
  4. An entry field will prompt you for a password
  5. Enter a strong password and click on ‘Create New Wallet’
  6. Remember to write it down and store it safely. Preferably, somewhere you can easily retrieve it
  7. Next step is to download your Keystore/json file. Store it safely, do not lose it and do not share it
  8. The final step will lead you to your private key. Save it and download a paper wallet of your key
  9. I cannot overemphasize the need to store your private key safely, do not lose it and do not share it
  10. Congratulations! You have now successfully created a cryptocurrency wallet

From now on, whenever you need to access your wallet, you will access , click on ‘Send Ether & Tokens’ on the main Menu and use your private key to log in.

MyTrezor Hardware wallets

Hardware wallets are straight off the shelf ready to use cryptocurrency wallets. You can order one online from the manufacturers or vendors on Amazon and eBay.

Your package will arrive with a silver seal.

  1. Confirm the seal is intact
  2. Next, unpackage the trezor and use the USB extension cable to plug it into your computer
  3. Install a Trezor google app extension on your Chrome browser and follow the instructions
  4. A prompt will request you to set up a 4 digit PIN. Store it safely, do not lose it and do not share it
  5. The next step is a master backup of your wallet, write down the 24-word phrase somewhere safe
  6. Preferably on different papers that you can store in different locations. Store it safely, do not lose it and do not share it
  7. You can now visit Mytrezor.com to access the Bitcoin Trezor Client for set up
  8. As soon as you are set up, visit , click on ‘Send Ether & Tokens’ on the main Menu and select ‘Trezor’ to access your wallet
  9. Congratulations! You have set up your hardware wallet

How Much Does a Bitcoin Wallet Cost?

Using a Bitcoin wallet doesn’t cost you anything if you’re just storing Bitcoin in the wallet. However, if you’re completing a transaction, then the owner of the exchange or device that is housing your wallet will charge you various fees depending on what you’re trying to do. Purchasing a wallet could cost you anywhere from $0 to $200 or more. If you’re using a wallet as part of an exchange, you’ll likely pay either a flat fee of a few dollars or a percentage of the total transaction value.

3) Check Only the Most Likely Places Your Wallet Could Have Run Off To

            If you usually keep your wallet on top of your dresser, check your dresser (or underneath the pile of clothes on top of it.) If your wallet is usually in your gym bag or in your car’s center console, check those places. If you were shopping online at work when your boss walked in, there’s a good chance your wallet is in your desk drawer. 

Precautions You Can Take

If your bag was taken or you had your keys attached or in the wallet, you should consider changing the locks on your house and car. The thief will have all your information and know where you live.

You should let your work know about the missing wallet, in case there are any unusual activities with them, like demands on payroll or unlawful access to the office or store.

A wallet chain will keep your wallet safe and attached to your body. It’s the perfect way to prevent theft or losing it, plus you look cool.

You can use an elastic cord to attach your wallet to the strap or inside pocket of your bag, purse or briefcase. This is a great precaution to take.

Using a money belt is ideal when you are traveling or in a situation where you don’t have pockets or your bag. They are secure and no one will know you have it. You can access your money and identification in a secure space.

Keep your birth certificate, your social security card and any non-essential credit cards at home. Keep them in a safe place. Only take them out if you need them for something.

Keep your pin numbers safe and away from your cards. The institutions who issue them tell people not to write their pin on the card and yet thousands of people still do it.

If you have trouble remembering it, keep the number somewhere else. Write in on your shoe if you need to, but always keep them separate from all your cards.

Recap: What to Do When You Lost Your Wallet in Japan

Before your trip:

  1. Before your trip, take a picture of all the cards and IDs in the wallet with your cell phone and upload it to the cloud or email them to yourself so you can retrieve it anywhere on any device. Don’t carry too much cash and unimportant cards in your wallet when you travel.
  2. Don’t carry too much cash. These days it’s very easy to find Seven-Eleven ATMs to get cash all over Japan. Typically Japanese bank ATMs do not work with foreign ATM cards.

After you lost your belonging

  1. As soon as you’ve realized you lost your belonging, find the nearest Koban (交番) where you lost it (search “koban” on Google map) and report it. For example, we couldn’t report the lost and found to Yokohama’s Koban for something we lost in Tokyo. We should have reported in Tokyo right away and it would have saved us an extra trip. Kobans are all over Japan and usually near station exits.
  2. Leave a Japanese contact number (hotel, ryokan, or someone you know) for the police to reach you.

Whenever I read in the local news how many cars get broken into in San Francisco every day, it makes me ponder about human behavior when I compare it our experiences in Japan. It makes me truly appreciate the Japanese culture and I asked Nami why the Japanese are so honest? She replies it’s because they believe in karma.

So the next time you find a wallet on the street or someone’s belonging, don’t throw it away or ignore it. Bring it to the local police because the person who lost it will really appreciate your simple gesture. At least I do.


After many hours looking and tearing up my room, I took a few seconds, took some deep 4-4-4 breaths, and found it within a minute. Thank you so so so much and I’ll get a tile tracker too!

jonah D January 14, 2022

Awesome information! Such a wonderful reference! Thanks for all the hard work you have obviously put into this!

Yippie Vibe September 07, 2021

Lost my wallet by foolishly leaving it on the top of the back of my car. Panicked when I realized what I had done. Read this site’s advice (breathing thing really worked), then went out to look for it at 12:30 @ night. After walking about 1/4 mile in nasty “grass” aside the road, my flashlight came across my familiar friend. I thanked God on the spot, and I thank you for posting this vital advice.

Travis September 07, 2021

thank u i found my wallet i was looking for 2 hours and just couldn’t find it i went on google for some pointers and thats how i came here so thanks

angel June 14, 2021

I lost my wallet last week….went to police but no luck! Thanks for this site….jt

John tobin June 14, 2021

This is amazing. Mine has been lost for over a month. I just hadn’t looked properly in the old motorbike jacket I rarely wear. There it was. Dawkins bless you, Rogue Industries.

milo June 14, 2021

Thank u so much your a life saver 😭

Ishmael September 01, 2020

Today i woke up looking for my wallet. I checked everywhere i know. I had not been touching it for 2 days and i went through everything i did at the time.. I searched for it at least for 2 hours. Then i opened google i thought maybe id find some tips on how to find it. So i end up here. I read this and in less than 5 minutes i find it. I was ready to go report it stolen. Then kept thinking how dumb it will be if i report it stolen and it pops op someplace by the end of the day. Guess this helped. Im not loosing sight of this thing ever again 😀

Zdravko November 03, 2020

Thank you! This article actually worked. It was tucked away in my backpack!

Adam D Hickey November 03, 2020

Thanks for the tips. I had my wallet at a private establishment, and I have called and they don’t know where it’s at. I have done each step a couple times. This has kind of turned into controlled chaos. A lot of cash was in that wallet, and I don’t know what I am going to do. Any other tips?

Carson Turner April 10, 2020

One of the most helpful articles on finding things. Every other article says think about where you were. But this one has breathing and multiple other things. Thankyou so much.

Really helpuful. April 10, 2020

What if I lost my wallet at the movie theater? I tried calling several times and wouldn’t answer. They would always leave a voicemail repeating the same line like “for more information, please press 2”, or something like that. And I’m not sure if I can go to the theater and ask one of the people who work there if I can retrieve my wallet since I feel like I’m wasting other people’s time who are waiting in line. What should I do?

Brian April 10, 2020

Thanks for the tips. I think step 4 should be the first thing cause I destroyed furniture before reading the rest of the tips and now I need to buy another couch. thanks again.

Elijah Bradley October 17, 2019

I lost my wallet n im sure its in my house only. This is helpful. Ill continue searching.

Varshini October 17, 2019

This was helpful

Boston July 09, 2019

Thanks Isaac March 15, 2019