While the passing of a loved one is difficult enough to deal with you may need to take some existing precautions to help keep your deceased family member from being a victim of identity theft. Recent studies have found that 800,000 identity theft cases a year are from the intentional use of a deceased person’s information.
Once a loved one passes away you should take a few extra steps to help ensure their information cannot be used by thieves:
- Notify the Social Security Administration so they can be added to the master death file
- Limit the amount of personal information shared in the obituary (do not include full addresses or full date of birth)
- Contact merchants that the deceased did business with (banks, credit card companies) to close accounts
- Notify the credit agencies in writing with copies of the death certificate
- Use an identity protection company like InfoArmor to assist in monitoring of their personal information
These useful tips will help keep your loved ones information from being used fraudulently once they have passed away. If you have questions or need assistance please contact us.
Source:”Identity theft: Faking Out the Dead”, April 23,2012, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/23/identity-theft-dead-people-id-analytics_n_1447182.html