Heaven Called is well aware of the growing problem of
criminally minded individuals reading obituaries to steal
the identities of the departed. For that reason, we offer
the following important suggestions and steps you should
take immediately to protect your loved one's name and
reputation and to save yourself and other family members the
time and trouble of unraveling any damage a criminal can do.
1. Notify the Social Security Administration of the death at
(800) 772-1213 on normal business days. For the hearing
impaired, call (800) 325-0778.
2. Notify your state department of motor vehicles to cancel
any driver's license and prevent duplicates.
3. Notify the following three credit bureaus* and include a
copy of the death certificate to each:
Equifax Office of Fraud Assistance
PO Box 105069
Atlanta, GA 30348
PO Box 9530
Allen, TX 75013
PO Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834
4. Notify each and every credit issuer* and include a copy
of the death certificate to each. Tell them to cancel all
accounts in the deceased's name.
5. A few weeks following the death, obtain a free credit
report from each of the three credit bureaus at
Annual Credit Report
to make sure there is no suspicious activity.
6. Do not include the deceased's actual birthday in the
obituary, only the year.
7. Do not include specific addresses where the deceased
resided in the obituary, only the city and state.
We hope this information is helpful.
letter to mail to the credit bureaus and credit issuers.