Don't Sleep on Your Kids Protection: Child ID Theft Is Growing Problem

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Don't Sleep on Your Kids Protection: Child ID Theft Is Growing Problem

Aug, 29th 2016

They wear helmets.

They’re told not to play with matches.

They’re warned not to talk to strangers.

But this is one crime it’s tough to protect them from.

Children are the newest victims of identity fraud — and sometimes, they don’t even know they’ve been exploited.

“Think of them as a tabula rasa. There is nothing more delicious to an identity thief or scammer than to get a Social Security number and information for a child,” said Adam Levin, the author of “Swiped” and the chairman and founder of the identity protection and breach recovery firm IDT911. “In some cases, you can have a 15-year or more run where no one’s looking.”

Thieves steal their Social Security numbers or cobble together information from seemingly innocent social media profiles, school rosters...

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