According to AARP identity thieves steal the identifies of nearly 2.5 million deceased Americans.
In obituaries, list the age but don’t include birth date, mother’s maiden name or other personel identifiers that could be useful to ID thieves. Omitting the person’s address also reduces the likelihood of a home burglary during the funeral (sadly, this does happen so arrange for someone to stay at family member’s home during funeral services).
Using certified mail with return receipt, send copies of death certificate to each credit reporting bureau (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) asking them to place a deceased alert” on the credit report. Mail death certificate to banks, insurers, brokerages, and credit card and mortgage companies where the deceased hold accounts. Report the death to the Social Security Office. Contact Department of Motar Vehicles and cancel licenses. Review credit report for the coming year.
For more tips go to idthefcenter.org and type “deceased” in the search bos.