Identity theft is a hot topic of discussion these days. We are warned about our online banking and shopping habits, to shred or burn documents with our personal information on it, and to overall be more aware of what is out there. However, did you know that thieves target children’s identity? I had never even thought about this aspect until I had a chance to speak to kID Sure about Child ID Theft.
Think about all the places we are asked to give our child’s social security number – doctor, school, camp, sports, dance class, and more. Honestly, most of these places do not really need a social security number, but this was done for ease since everyone has one. Before giving it – ask why they need it. If it is strictly for an “account number” on their end, tell them no and they can make another number of some other type for them. For the place you do give the social security number think of who has access to that information. How well do you know those people, what kind of background checks have been done on them? We have all heard of stories where regular people are in charge of kids group or organizations that embezzle the money from accounts, what’s to keep those types of people from selling our child’s information also? I do not want to be paranoid about all of this. However, I do want to be more informed. Like I said, it had never even dawned on me before that I needed to be worried about identity theft for my son.
My next step was to sign up Identity Guard for me and add the kID Sure protection for my son also. It was quick and easy to do. I actually found a couple of mistakes with my identity that I need to get addressed ASAP. The better news is that Taylor’s report came back with no issues! Happy dance! kID Sure scans for SSN Exposure, Criminal Records, DMV Records and Utilities Records. I was really surprised to hear that thieves target kids IDs for things like utilities, cell phones, and housing – who knew? Luckily Taylor’s ID is currently safe.
What are you doing to protect your child’s identity? Have you ever seen if anything is already attached to their social security number?
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