• Don’t include details such as day and month of birth (use only the year) or addresses in obituaries. (Aside from preventing identity theft, you don’t want thieves to visit the house, helping themselves while you are interring a loved one.
• Promptly notify the Social Security Administration of the death at 1-800-772-1213 between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm Monday-Friday. For the hearing impaired, the number is 1-800-325-0778.
• Mail copies of the death certificate to all three credit reporting bureaus- Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – and all credit issuers to cancel accounts right after the person dies. The credit bureau addresses are:
Equifax Office of Fraud Assistance
P.O. Box 105069
Atlanta, GA 30348
P.O. Box 9530
Allen, TX 75013
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834
• Contact your state department of motor vehicles to cancel any driver’s license and prevent duplicates from being issued.
• By law, you are entitled a free credit report from all three main bureaus every year. Several weeks following the death, use this service- at www.annualcreditreport.com – to run a credit report on the deceased to ensure there is no suspicious activity.
To prevent any future risk of identity theft, please place an official death notice on the credit file of:
DECEASED FULL NAME (WITH MIDDLE INITIAL IF USED)
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
Enclosed you will find a copy of the death certificate. Please contact me if you have any questions by phone or email…
Your name and address