Identity Theft Resource Center Fact Sheet 120 – Identity Theft and Children

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on April 29, 2009
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    • Child Identity Theft occurs when a child’s identity is used by another person for the imposter’s personal gain. The perpetrator may be a family member or someone known by the family. It could also be a stranger who purposely targets children because of the lengthy time between the theft of the information and the discovery of the crime.

      There are some cases that appear to be identity theft but are not. Receiving a pre-approved credit card offer in your child’s name might upset you as a parent. However, it might only be an innocent marketing tool sent by an affiliate of your bank because you opened a college fund for your child. A quick check of credit reports will help you sort out the truth. Currently, all three reporting agencies are automated systems. You should call them (numbers at end) and request a credit report for your child. If you are told that there is no credit report, this is probably not a case of financial identity theft.

This is a particular problem faced by children who are victims of cyberbullying.


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