Children and Identity Theft
Children & Identity Theft At-A-Glance
- 5% of ID Theft Victims are under the age of 18 (2008)
- ID Theft cases among children have increased 78% over the last year, making it the fastest growing segment of the crime.
- Over half of Americans think children’s ID theft is uncommon, a major misconception.
Types of Child Related Identity Theft
- Financial ID Theft: Social Security Numbers are stolen in order to establish credit.
- Criminal ID Theft: A criminal uses a minor’s info to get a driver’s license or other documentation
- Identity Cloning: A thief uses stolen information for both financial and criminal uses.
Tips to Protect Your Children
- Educate them on the importance of protecting their information.
- Replace your child’s name with yours on things connected to your address (such as magazine subscriptions).
- Limit the extent of information held on their personal storage devices.
- Do not allow them to carry their Social Security Card.
- Warn them of the dangers of sharing passwords with friends.
- Monitor your child’s online use.
- Receiving credit card solicitations in your child’s name.
- Finding your child’s name is on mailing lists.
- Receive phone calls asking to speak to your child.