ITRC Solution 7
Fraudulent Use of Deceased’s Identity

If you are a surviving spouse, or the executor of the estate, you can request a copy of the decedent's credit report. The credit reporting agencies will require you to send supporting documents to prove your status. 

  • Request a copy of the decedent’s credit report – refer to ITRC Letter Form LF 117-1.
  • Place a "deceased alert" on the report.
  • Notify the police in the decedent's jurisdiction if you have evidence of fraud (collection notice, bills, credit report). A suspicion (especially of identity theft by a family member) is best when backed with concrete evidence.
  • Notify any creditor, collection agency, credit issuer, utility company that the person is deceased and date of death – refer to ITRC Letter Form LF 117-2 – Deceased Affidavit of Fact. Be sure to include a copy of the death certificate. Request an immediate investigation and that they contact you with the results of the investigation. Insist on letters of clearance, which you should keep with the other estate papers.
  • In the event that the thief is a family member or relative, if the family is unable to decide on a course of action, it may be best to seek the advice of an attorney that specializes in estate or family law.

Related Links:

ITRC Solution SN 02 – Credit Reporting Agencies (CRA’s) Contact Information

ITRC Solution SN 10 – Filing a Police Report

ITRC Solution SN 16 – Protecting Deceased’s Identity

ITRC Fact Sheet FS 117 - Identity Theft and the Deceased: Prevention and Victim Tips   


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