Identity Theft

When you register with the Deceased Preference Service details of the person registered are shared with organisations including credit reference agencies and financial institutions. They use this information to check new credit applications and existing accounts to detect and prevent fraudulent activity.

Identity theft happens when someone's personal information is used without their permission. One of the ways in which such information can be obtained is where mail addressed to a deceased person is intercepted. The deceased details are then used to obtain loans, credit cards, goods or services, the impact of which can be devastating to family members and friends left behind.

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