Skip to comments.ID Thieves Also Target Kids
Posted on 09/15/2011 9:45:22 AM PDT by moonshinner_09
Think only adults become victims of identity theft?
Thieves also target children -- even newborns -- opening credit lines, getting bank loans and even landing jobs with their Social Security numbers.
Texas legislators and the U.S. Department of Justice are holding forums to educate parents and government officials on the issue.
Investigators with the Social Security Administration say identity theft is prevalent in Texas at least in part because the state has millions of illegal immigrants. Some look to obtain Social Security numbers belonging to children because they are a clean slate without a bad credit history.
Experts say thieves use children's Social Security numbers because they can often use them undetected for years. By the time a child is 18 years old, multiple people could have used the number, ruining the child's ability to get college loans or turn on utilities in an apartment
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I’ve stopped putting my kids’ SS# on school forms when I fill them out.