'Good Samaritan' Uses Banking Trick to Return Lost Wallet
Wed, April 21, 2021

'Good Samaritan' Uses Banking Trick to Return Lost Wallet


Losing your wallet is among the most frustrating things that could happen. It gives people a lot of mixed emotions, mostly panic and worry as they think about where they could've lost it or if someone has found it and are treating themselves to free things using other people's cards. There's also that dread of having to replace everything inside it.

So it's always a relief when the finder makes an effort to give the lost item back to its owner—and one kind stranger has taken this a step further when he was looking for the owner of a wallet he found.

According to the Mirror, a British national daily tabloid newspaper, the stranger used his own money to send a message through the account of the lost card instead of maxing it to its limit.

Tim Cameron, the owner of the wallet, posted on Twitter about how he got his lost wallet back following the "incredibly genius plan" of the finder.


Photo Credit: @Timcammm via Twitter (via Mirror UK)


"I just lost my wallet on the way home from work," Cameron wrote on the post, which has since gained over 31,000 retweets and 170,000 likes. "I didn't have much identifying info in there so a Good Samaritan got in touch with [me] via my... bank account."

Along with the tweet was a photo of his banking transactions that showed four payments of £0.01. Each of the transactions allowed a reference of 18 characters—which the "Good Samaritan" used to contact Cameron.

In order, two of the references read: "Hi I found your. Wallet in the road." The third reference contained the stranger's phone number and the last was asking Cameron to contact them to arrange the wallet's return.


Photo Credit: @Timcammm via Twitter (via Mirror UK)


Twitter users loved the stranger's effort and said that their action "restores faith that there are still genuine decent people out there."

So, while there are people who would max out other people's cards before returning them, there are those who are willing to spend their time—and a bit of their money—to give them back.