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Protect Deceased’s Identity from Theft
Victory State Bank offers pragmatic IRS advisory
Each year, thieves steal the identities of nearly 2.5 million deceased Americans.
Victory State Bank suggests following these few simple IRS tips to reduce the risk of a deceased person’s identity being stolen:
- Send the IRS a copy of the death certificate; this is used to flag the account to reflect that the person is deceased.
- Send copies of the death certificate to each credit reporting bureau asking them to put a “deceased alert” on the deceased’s credit report.
- Review the deceased’s credit report for questionable credit card activity.
- Avoid putting too much information in an obituary, such as birth date, address, mother’s maiden name or other personally identifying information that could be useful to identity thieves. More information to help you guard against identity theft is available at IRS.gov; enter ID Theft in the search box.
About Victory State Bank
VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online http://www.victorystatebank.com.