Deceased Person Identity Theft


Follow these tips to reduce the risk of a deceased person from having their identity stolen:

  • Send copies of the death certificate to each credit reporting bureau, asking them to put a “deceased alert” on the credit reports.
  • Review the deceased taxpayer’s credit report for questionable credit card activity.
  • Avoid putting too much information in an obituary, such as birth date, address, mother’s maiden name or other personal details that could be useful to identity thieves.

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