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Scam Alert: Grave Robbery: Even the dead can be victims of identity theft.

Date: March 1, 2007
Author: Sid Kirchheimer
QUOTE: Scammers troll through obituaries for names and addresses. Then they buy Social Security numbers and other personal data—such as credit histories—of the recently departed for as little as $15 on the Internet. .... In such cases, surviving family members are unlikely to be held liable for the debt, but they may pay a price—in time and money—to unsnarl the credit and bank records of their relatives.

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