Not Even Kids Safe From Identity Theft


The Chicago Tribune is reporting on a topic we’ve covered for years — children are not immune to having their identities stolen.

Indeed, as the Tribune article states, “a child’s credit history can go undetected for years, since children should not have credit reports and parents would not expect a problem.”

Some red flags may include getting calls from collection agencies or receiving bill notices and offers from credit card and loan companies under your child’s name.

As always, parents should remember to give out a child’s Social Security number very sparingly — and first ask why it is even necessary.


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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.