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Identity Theft of Children on Rise

April 15, 2011
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Children are more likely to be victims of identity theft than adults. Ten percent of the children in a new study had their Social Security number stolen and in use by someone else. Only 0.2 percent of adults were targeted.

For example, a 17-year-old Arizona girl found herself $725,000 in debt, with 42 open accounts including mortgages, car loans and credit cards. In another, a 14-year-old Kentucky boy was found to have a credit report that went back 10 years that included a foreclosed mortgage.

Children are targets because they are not going to be using their identities for a long time. Parents do not watch their identities. Identity theft may not be discovered until the child applies for credit.

Parents should take precautions to protect their children’s identities.

  • Check for mail in the child’s name
  • Warn children about sharing personal information online
  • Put personal information in a safe place
  • Watch for pre-approved credit card offers in the child’s name
  • Look for a bank account in the child’s name that you did not open.

You can report any problems to a credit company, such as http://www.transunion.com/, which will start a credit search.

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