Friday, August 5, 2011
Information you must never list in an obituary
This tip comes from The Kim Komando Show. Kim points out that deaths are a big temptation for identity thieves. “It's simple for them to grab the deceased's information,” she says. “They can often make lots of fraudulent transactions before anyone notices.”
True, funeral homes are supposed to notify the Social Security Administration but thieves often act before the SSA gets the information. Remember, a key bit of information they seek is the date of birth. Therefore, in an obituary, either do not give the month and day of birth, or else list a false date.
Burglars, too, watch the obituaries, searching for addresses in order plan a robbery when relatives are at the funeral. Do not, therefore, list exact addresses for the survivors. Either that, or arrange for a house sitter during the funeral.