Protecting children from identity theft

I talk about this often, but not often enough. When is the last time you inspected your children’s credit report for identity fraud? A must read from brproud:

BATON ROUGE, La (NBC LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Several signs can tip you off to the fact that someone is misusing your child’s personal information and committing fraud. Someone could be using your child’s identity right now and you may not even know it.

Identity theft can happen to anyone and as adults, it’s easy to spot it. There are banks and theft prevention companies that will notify you when it occurs to you. However, scammers are also targeting your children.

Parents, you may watch your own credit score and you may watch that, but you may not realize that you should do that with your children as well.” said Monica Taylor, Special Projects Representative with the State’s Attorney General’s office.

Thieves are not only looking for paper trails to steal your kids’ identity. While your children are surfing the web or playing popular internet games, criminals are targeting them waiting for the moment they insert valuable information.

Taylor said, “They’ll ask you questions or there’ll be like cute little surveys like what’s the name of your first dog or where did you got to elementary school or what town were you born in. If you stop and think about it, those are probably all the answers to security questions that you have set on your password and so it’s really easy for people to use those to get into accounts.”

According to a 2018 child identity fraud study; more than 1,000,000 children in the United States were victims of identity theft or fraud. Of those 1,000,000, more than two-thirds of those victims were age 7 or younger and 6 in 10 child victims personally know the perpetrator.

Your kids may be online and think nothing of putting their social security number in somewhere and then very easily get their social security numbers to be stolen and have their identity stolen. It is something they should be aware of and look into.” said Taylor.

Experts say, to protect your child’s identity find a safe location to store all papers and electronic records that show your child’s personal information. You should never share your child’s social security number unless you know and trust the other party whether it be in person or online. You should also shred all documents that show your child’s personal information before throwing them away.


If you think your child’s information is at risk, check whether your child has a credit report. If so, you can contact the businesses where the fraud occurred, contact the credit bureaus and consider a child credit freeze.

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