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...