Sanilac County Man To Creditors: I'm Not Dead 7-27-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Sanilac County Man To Creditors: I'm Not Dead 7-27-2010

James Ryan is a 66-year-old grandfather who works part time to stay active, but according to the Credit Bureau -- he’s deceased.
Ryan said he’s being denied services because of a mistake on his credit report, and now he's fighting to prove he's still alive -- all while drowning in legal paperwork.
Ryan first found about his "death" while attempting to get television services set up at his home.
"I tried to get satellite services and my Social Security number shows I am deceased,” Ryan said. "I tried to convince them I was not deceased."
It’s been downhill ever since, as he’s contacted Experian, Equifax and Transunion, all in an effort to get the issue resolved.
TV5 called all three credit agencies and so far, Experian and Equifax claim there's nothing on Ryan’s credit report that indicates he's dead.
Ryan tells TV5 he hopes the issue is resolved soon.
"I may need a car in the near future, if this isn't cleared up -- I will be denied the loan," he said.
TV5 is waiting to hear from Transunion in our effort to crack this case.
Still, Ryan is taking the situation in stride, but he certainly doesn’t want to be thought of as being one of the departed.
"Please help me before I am dead,” Ryan said jokingly. “Because then it will be too late."
TV5 will keep you posted on his battle with the credit bureaus and governmental entities.
If this happens to you, it could take up to 30 days to clear it up with the Credit Bureau. You’ll be asked to provide bank and income records as verification that you're still living.
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