Responding to Identity Theft

Get a copy of the credit report.

Get a fraud alert placed on the credit report.

Call the police and file a report.

Log in to all online accounts to look for fraudulent activity.

Close all accounts in the Deceased's name.

Don’t forget about nonfinancial accounts such as cell phones and utilities that could have been compromised.

File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)


  • Credit reporting agencies to get a fraud alert placed on the account and to get a credit report:
    - Experian: 1-888-398-3742
    - Equifax: 1-800-685-1111
    - TransUnion: 1-800-916-8800
  • Local police
  • Institutions where the Deceased had accounts: utilities, cell phones, etc.
  • The Federal Trade Commission: 1-877-653-4261 or ftc.gov

The contents of this checklist are intended to provide helpful suggestions to a family member or other survivor who has assumed the duties of concluding the affairs of a loved one/decedent. The list is not intended to be exhaustive. It is not intended to provide legal or financial advice nor to be relied on in lieu of such services.  If you have specific questions relating to an estate you are handling, you may find it helpful to consult with a probate attorney or financial professional.