The living are not the only ones who may be the target of identity theft. More and more thieves are targeting the deceased. According to a study reported by The Huffington Post, nearly 2.5 million deceased Americans have their personal information used in identity theft schemes every year.
Often, I.D. thieves browse obituary notices and cemeteries for news of whom recently died to use their confidential information for credit cards, telephone services and other applications. Additionally, I.D. theft can occur by accident when a thief makes up an identity, birth date, and Social Security number that lines up with someone who has died.
Identity theft of the departed averages out to a rate of more than 2,000 deceased identities being used every day in the United States. As such, the study recommends that family members monitor the identities, credit, and other related information of the deceased for at least one year after their death. To prevent identity theft, provide limited personal information in his or her obituary, cancel their driver’s license, and use an identity theft fraud alert system.
Additionally, notify the three credit reporting bureaus, all financial entities used by the deceased, and the Social Security Administration of the individual’s death.
Such measures can help prevent identity theft, but it can still occur and inflict serious damage. Los Angeles identity theft lawyer Howard D. Silver can help repair the damage done to your credit or the credit of a loved one. For more information on how we can help you, call the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver at (855) 341-2611.