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Tips to avoid child identity theft


When thinking about identity theft — you may think of protecting yourself, but what about the identities of your children? While it can be easy to brush off the possibility of identity theft scams targeting children, never underestimate a con artists’ ability to do what they do best — scam. Online scammers may choose to prey on children, making assumptions that they are gullible and that the parent won’t be paying attention. Their assumptions are often correct. 

Child identity theft occurs when someone uses a child’s Social Security number to commit fraud. That could include opening credit accounts, sign up for a utility service, rent a place to live, taking out loans or applying for government benefits or a job. 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reported that six percent of identity theft complaints received between 2014 to 2016 included victims aged 19 years and under. This shows that parents need to keep an eye on…

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