Child Identity Theft happens when someone uses a minor’s personal information to commit fraud. A thief may steal and use a child’s information to get a job, government benefits, medical care, utilities, car loans, or a mortgage. Avoiding, discovering, and undoing the damage resulting from the theft of a child’s identity can be a challenge.
Most parents and guardians don’t expect their youngster to have a credit file, and rarely request a child’s credit report, let alone check it for accuracy.
A thief who steals a child’s information may use it for many years before the crime is discovered. The victim may learn about the theft years later, when applying for a loan, apartment, or job. Learn more in Safeguarding Your Child’s Future.
Additional Library Resources:
- Identity Theft and Fraud
- Cyber Bullying
- Law and Legal Assistance
- Legal Forms – Nevada
- Legal Trac
- Online security (YPL)
- The con : how scams work, why you’re vulnerable, and how to protect yourself
- Identity theft for dummies
- Stopping identity theft
- Stealing your life : the ultimate identity theft prevention plan