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Children’s Identity Theft On The Rise

Why are children's identity being stolen?

First, identity from children is easier to abuse than adults. There are no guardrails or routine checkups for children's credit. Thieves can build entire credit histories that go undetected for years. 

Second, a child's credit report is like a blank slate. There is no good or bad credit attached to a child's credit report.

Third, it is easier to sponge off of a child's credit report than an adult. Since there is nothing to match a new credit profile against, it is easier for thieves to take a child's social security number and mix it with another name and birthdate. If you use an adult's social security number to open a line of credit, the identifiable information must match entries in the adult's social security information which is more difficult.

Who are the offenders in this identity theft? There are organized rings, illegal immigrants, and in lower-income households, other family member

One major problem with children's credit report is that there is nothing to match a new credit profile against. This makes children's identity susceptible to fraud. The Social Security Administration does not have a role in resolving identity theft. They will correct discrepancies. The Social Security Number was originally designed to track income and provide a record for benefits. Now the role has expanded and has become the basis for basis of applying for jobs, credit cards, loans, and schools.

To learn more, read  http://www.marketwatch.com/story/childrens-social-security-numbers-easy-hit-2011-08-26 

 

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Satchell|Wednesday, September 28, 2011
IJWTS wow! Why can't I think of things like that?
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