Keeping Identities Safe for Kids
Keeping IDentities Safe® for KIDS
Children are increasingly the prime targets for identity thieves who seek pristine driving and credit records as well as greater opportunities for employment.
- Why are children targeted?
- Troubling Statistics
- Babies and Young Children: How is their information stolen?
- Family Ties
- Illegal Use of Social Security Numbers
- Motivations for Identity Fraud
- What Parents Should Do to Protect Their Child's Identity
- What to Do After Your Child's Identity Has Been Stolen
Other Examples: Ex-con from Coram racks up debt with son's identification
Grant Parpan, Web Editor North Shore Sun
Utah Legislature: Utah looks to lock up kids' identities
Geoff Liesik Deseret News
When a parent steals your identity
Liz Pulliam Weston MSN Money
"I think it's not very nice that people are ruining kids' futures." Brooklyn R. Identity Theft Victim, Age 9*
*"A.G. & Legislators Team Up to Protect Children from ID Theft"Press Release, Utah Attorney General, March 10, 2010
1. Obtain a state issued ID card for the child and input your child’s biographical information into the state motor vehicle agency record system with the correct and complete name, address, SSN, and parents’ names so that if an identity thief attempts to obtain a driver’s license in your child’s name – the motor vehicle representative will stop the transaction and report the attempted fraud! It is essential that children be recorded in the state ID system at an early age not only to prevent identity theft but also in the event of a missing child, having a record in the system along with state Amber Alerts will provide more tools for authorities to locate the child.
For information about how to proceed after you discover that your child's identity has been stolen, visit the Identity Theft Resource Center. ITRC Fact Sheet 120 - Identity Theft and Children
2 Life Lock, Inc and InstantAmber Partner to Keep Kids Safe. http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews/articleid/3419156
3 ITRC Press Release. http://www.idtheftcenter.org/artman2/uploads/1/Aftermath_2008_20090520.pdf
4 US Gov’t Accountability Office, Dept. of State, GAO-09-447, Undercover Tests Reveal Significant Vulnerabilities in State’s Passport Issuance Process (2009)
5 ITRC Press Release. http://www.idtheftcenter.org/artman2/publish/lib_survey/Press_Release_-_...
6 FTC Releases Survey of Identity Theft in US Study Shows 8.3 Million Victims in 2005. http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2007/11/idtheft.shtm
7 Porter, Eduardo. “Illegal Immigrants are Bolstering Social Security with Billions”. New York Times. April 5, 2005. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/05/business/05immigration.html?_r=1
8 Utah Work Force Services handout distributed on the floor of the Utah House of Representatives by Representative Karen Morgan in 2007
9 Mortensen, Ronald. “Utahs’s identity theft protection law comes too late for 11 month old Child”. Examiner. June 5, 2010. http://www.examiner.com/x-32429-Salt- Lake-City-Immigration-Examiner~y2010m6d5-Utahs-identity-theft-protection-law-comes-too-late-for-11-month-old-child