Identity theft is an ever-growing concern in America today. The risk of identity theft does not end at death. A scammer can hijack an identity and create all sorts of problems after a loved one passes away. In fact, stealing the identity of the recently deceased is a real problem. You can minimize the risk of a decedent falling prey to an identity thief by alerting those on this list from the National Funeral Directors Association:
- Social Security Administration
- All three credit reporting agencies- Experian, Equifax, and Transunion
- State Department of Motor Vehicles (if the decedent had a driver’s license)
- Credit card and merchant card companies
- Banks, savings and loan associations and credit unions
- Health, medical and dental insurers
- Auto insurers
- Any memberships held by the decedent (ex: health clubs, professional associations, clubs, library, etc.)
Contacting those on this list will reduce the chance of an identity thief stealing the identity of a loved one who has passed away.
Contributed by MH Arrowhead, Scottsdale and Phoenix Estate Planning Attorney and Partner, David T. Eastman.
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