ITRC Solution 16
Protecting Deceased’s Identity

 The following are some suggested steps you can take to help protect the identity of the deceased:

Friends, neighbors or distant relatives do not have the same rights as a spouse or executor of the estate. They are classified as a third party and credit reporting agencies may not mail out a credit report or change data on a consumer file upon their request. If you fall into this classification and are dealing with a very unique situation, you may write to the credit reporting agencies and explain the situation. They are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Other groups to notify:


Related Links:

ITRC Solution SN 02 – Credit Reporting Agencies (CRAs) Contact Information

ITRC Solution SN 10 – Filing a Police Report

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


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