If someone is able to get enough personal information an identity thief can open up credit accounts, start utility services, and make purchases in the name of that individual. It is best to advise all three credit bureaus that an individual is deceased and credit should not be issues. You should also close accounts in the deceased name and notified the Department of Motor Vehicles of the death. Make sure all accounts have been addressed by ordering a copy of the person’s credit report. Learn more at www.idtheftcenter.org.