Why more identity thieves are targeting young children

Why more identity thieves are targeting young children


TO TALK JUST YET.
WHY IDENTITY THEFT AMONG KIDS IS WHY IDENTITY THEFT AMONG KIDS IS
ON THE RISE. ON THE RISE.
>>Hank: THIS IS ONE OF THE>>Hank: THIS IS ONE OF THE
BIGGEST CRIMES ONLINE, IDENTITY BIGGEST CRIMES ONLINE, IDENTITY
THIEVES TARGETING CHILDREN. THIEVES TARGETING CHILDREN.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON HOW TO IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON HOW TO
PROTECT YOUR KIDS. PROTECT YOUR KIDS.
THEY DON’T HAVE CREDIT CARDS OR THEY DON’T HAVE CREDIT CARDS OR
OWN A HOME, AND THEY LIKELY OWN A HOME, AND THEY LIKELY
DON’T EVEN DRIVE A CAR. DON’T EVEN DRIVE A CAR.
BUT CHILDREN ARE THE NEW TARGET BUT CHILDREN ARE THE NEW TARGET
FOR IDENTITY THEFT SCAMMERS. FOR IDENTITY THEFT SCAMMERS.
>>THEY HAVEN’T DEFAULTED ON>>THEY HAVEN’T DEFAULTED ON
LOANS AND DON’T HAVE PAST-DUE LOANS AND DON’T HAVE PAST-DUE
UTILITY BILLS. UTILITY BILLS.
>>Hank: MORE THAN 1 MILLION>>Hank: MORE THAN 1 MILLION
CHILDREN WERE THE VICTIMS OF CHILDREN WERE THE VICTIMS OF
IDENTITY THEFT. IDENTITY THEFT.
TWO THIRDS WERE AGE 7 AND TWO THIRDS WERE AGE 7 AND
YOUNGER. YOUNGER.
SIMPLY OBTAINING THEIR SOCIAL SIMPLY OBTAINING THEIR SOCIAL
SECURITY NUMBER ALLOWS THE THIEF SECURITY NUMBER ALLOWS THE THIEF
TO OPEN NEW ACCOUNTS OR MAKE BIG TO OPEN NEW ACCOUNTS OR MAKE BIG
PURCHASES AND RUN UP A LOT OF PURCHASES AND RUN UP A LOT OF
DEBT. DEBT.
THE PROBLEM, YOU MIGHT NOT EVEN THE PROBLEM, YOU MIGHT NOT EVEN
KNOW ABOUT IT UNTIL YEARS LATER. KNOW ABOUT IT UNTIL YEARS LATER.
>>THE CHILD GOES TO PURCHASE>>THE CHILD GOES TO PURCHASE
HIS FIRST CAR, APPLIES FOR A HIS FIRST CAR, APPLIES FOR A
STUDENT LOAN, AND HE’S DENIED. STUDENT LOAN, AND HE’S DENIED.
>>Hank: DON’T GIVE OUT THEIR>>Hank: DON’T GIVE OUT THEIR
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TO EVEN SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TO EVEN
CLOSE FRIENDS. CLOSE FRIENDS.
FAMILY FERENCE ARE THE MOST FAMILY FERENCE ARE THE MOST
COMMON SUSPECTS. COMMON SUSPECTS.
MAKE SURE THE PASSWORDS YOU USE MAKE SURE THE PASSWORDS YOU USE
TO PROTECT DIGITAL DOCUMENTS ARE TO PROTECT DIGITAL DOCUMENTS ARE
SECURE. SECURE.
WE’RE TALKING ABOUT BIRTH WE’RE TALKING ABOUT BIRTH
CERTIFICATES AND TAX RETURNS. CERTIFICATES AND TAX RETURNS.
AND YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER AND YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER
FREEZING YOUR CHILD’S CREDIT TO

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