Identity Theft Prevention Continues After Death

9:26 pm Estate Planning, Identity Theft

identity theft 150x150 Identity Theft Prevention Continues After DeathDid you know that nearly 2.5 million deceased Americans are the subjects of identity theft every year?

Thieves gather personal information from obituaries, purchase the decedent’s Social Security number from an illegal website and file false tax returns to gain refunds or obtain new credit cards and rack up thousands of dollars in charges before anyone is the wiser.

There are a number of ways you can prevent this from happening to your family.  For example, we always caution clients to keep as many personal identifiers as possible out of an obituary (date of birth, mother’s maiden name, birth place, etc.).

We also urge families to send death certificate copies to the three credit reporting bureaus – Experian, Equifax and TransUnion – and request that they place a “deceased alert” on the decedent’s credit report.

There are a number of other ways we can help you protect your family against things most people never consider when it comes to administering an estate or a trust.  To learn more, contact our Orange County law firm.

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