Identity Thieves Preying On The Deceased
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Obituary identity thieves gleaning names of the dead from obituaries, and matching them up with Social Security numbers posted on the Internet, on privately run genealogy sites and on the site run by the Social Security Administration, the Master Death Index.Once you are dead, you dont have a right to privacy.It would have helped at that emotional time for someone to mention these concerns, said10News first investigated and reported on this macabre crime wave.The report was turned in to Congress for a solution.This all came about from work 10News had done, said 53rd District Rep. Susan Davis.Davis introduced the Identity Theft Protection for the Deceased Act, which would require the federal government to inform all credit-reporting agencies about a persons death, making it tougher for someone to open up credit in the deceased persons name.Sometimes what is amazing is these things go on without finding an appropriate fix, and this is a pretty easy one, said Davis.Privacy advocates agree.It is a start. Get it through and well cut off one big chunk of the identity theft problem we are having, said Jay Foley of the Identity Theft Resource Center.10News took concerns about identity theft to the Social Security Administration, asking them to consider taking the Master Death Index off its Web site.
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