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”  Comsumer Reports Money Advisors.