Thursday, February 21, 2013


My grandfather died 16 years ago.  Several years after that, when we moved my grandmother into an assisted living facility, I bought nana and grandpa's house.  I've lived here for 7 1/2 years and very infrequently I get mail addressed to one or the other of them--often solicitations for money.

Today I received mail from Chase addressed to my grandfather.  It felt like a credit card so I opened it--and sure enough, there was not one but two credit cards in grandpa's name.  Remember, he died 16 years ago.  You'd think a bank as big as Chase wouldn't  have to use such old lists.


Happy Elf Mom said...

Oh, that's gonna be fun to sort out... :/

MikeAT said...

My old friend Al lost his Mom in 1991 and a few months later he kept getting letters and phone calls at his house for his mom. He handed it off to his Dad to handle but they hept sending the bill. Well finally Al sent them a letter saying she had moved to 16000 Memorial Manor Drive Unit 16C (or something like that).

Yes, that was her grave yard.

A few weeks later he got a phone call and the clerk said "You could have just told us she died!"

Al's answer was "Hey, you wanted to know where you could reach her, I told you!"

KauaiMark said...

I still get credit cards for my dad also.

...He's been gone 10yrs now.

Ellen K said...

You might want to have your grandfather's credit history checked out. Several months after my father died and my mother had moved here to be closer to us, she got some credit cards delivered to her in his name. These were cards she had canceled after his death. We were told that many identity theives will set up those seeking new identities with the information from a recently deceased citizen. It was not uncommon for them to use social security numbers to obtain loans, drivers license and insurance. This is a massive criminal endeavor in border states with large undocumented populations.