Protect Your Loved Ones from Identity Theft

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Child Identity Protection 

While your children may seem beyond the reach of identity theft and fraud, identity thieves often see children as easy targets. Children, because they have no credit histories, can be perfect candidates for criminals plotting to open fraudulent accounts. Such accounts can go unnoticed for years—only to surface when your child applies for his first line of credit. Imagine a teen or young adult learning that he or she has automobile loans, student loans or debts that have entered collections!

A recent report on child identity theft, authored by Richard Power of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, surveyed 40,000 U.S. children and found that just over 10 percent of the children included in the survey had impersonators using their Social Security numbers. This is a clear indication that identity theft is a serious issue for children. As a parent, it’s your issue, as well.

You can take the following steps to help protect your child from identity theft.

  • Guard your child’s Social Security number. Even seemingly harmless things like signing up for soccer or applying for a library card can pose a risk if a Social Security number is required. Get the details. How will your child’s number be used, and how will it be protected?
  • Secure your children’s documents. Keep their Social Security card and birth certificate in a safe place.
  • Recognize possible warning signs of identity theft. If your child receives credit card offers or letters stating that an account is in default, it could be a sign of identity theft.
  • Consider enrolling your child in a credit monitoring service. Such an option can alert you immediately if someone applies for credit using your child’s identifying information.

Asking schools and other organizations how your child’s information is collected, stored, used and thrown away can also be a way to help prevent identity theft. Remember, prevention is the key to protecting your loved ones from the risks of identity theft.

3 Comments

  1. Paul James says:

    wow,
    This is a eye opener for me, never know that my child could be a big target like this.
    Thanks to Fast Credit Options for always keeping my credit safe and keeping me knowledgeable about these things.

  2. Leroy Jones says:

    Never know my child could be a target thanks for this information.
    Thanks to Fast Credit Options who always keep me update and protect me from identity theft.

  3. Ashley Buchanan says:

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