Q: Should papers with a persons SSN be destroyed even if they have passed on long ago?
I found a quantity papers relating to my grandparents. I assume old utility bills and store receipts may be discarded for recycling. However, many papers are tax returns or letters of communication with Social Security . Could these be used for identity theft even though the people involved have been dead for decades? I wanted to ask what is the best course of action to take in disposing of these documents - destroy, or no harm in placing the the paper recycling bin?
A: There is no harm. They are marked as deceased on credit reports and social security.
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