We hope this is an isolated incident, but what we have learned is that once a scam is perpetrated one place, other scam artists will start doing it elsewhere.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 07, 2013
DeathCertificates.us.org is warning consumers not to fall victim to a new death certificate scam, the company said yesterday.
“We have always done our best to educate our customers on how to avoid becoming a scam victim,” a DeathCertificates.us.org spokesman said. “Usually we would simply update this information on our members' area, but it is so serious that we want to spread the word now before more people become victims.”
The Indiana State Department of Health was the first organization to report on the scam, he said.
“We hope this is an isolated incident, but what we have learned is that once a scam is perpetrated one place, other scam artists will start doing it elsewhere,” the DeathCertificate.us.org spokesman said. “So, we want to stop this scam in its tracks.”
The way the scam works is that someone calls up the relatives of the deceased and claims they need personal information, including date of birth and Social Security number, to complete the death certificate.
“At that point, they will then use the information to create an ID and open up lines of credit in the dead person's name,” the DeathCertificates.us.org spokesman said. “They can quickly drain an estate before anyone is aware of it.”
To avoid this scam, you should only provide information about the deceased in person at a local town hall, he said.
“Health departments don't call you up for this information,” he said. “If you get a call like that, it's a scam.”
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