There are steps you can take to protect the idenity of someone who has died. Ask all three credit bureaus to put a “deceased do not issue credit” alert on the deceased person’s credit report. Have his/her name removed from all joint accounts and close accounts that are in his/her name only. Notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of the death. For more information see Fact Sheet 117, “Identity Theft and the Deceased” www.idtheftcenter.org Comsumer Reports Money Advisors.