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.

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.