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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.

Red Flags

  • 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.

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