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Child Identity Theft

How to Protect Your Identity While You're Out Of Town

Adam Levin | Posted 06.30.2016 | Crime
Adam Levin

While it's important to do everything you can to protect yourself from identity-related crime when you're traveling, it's equally important to do everything you can to protect your home and the breadcrumbs of your identity that you leave behind.

The Invisible Victims of Identity Theft: Our Kids

Adam Levin | Posted 11.12.2015 | Crime
Adam Levin

Why are children a target for identity thieves? It's called "runway." A child's Social Security number is pristine. There is no reason for a minor to use it in connection with any financial or credit-related transaction before reaching the age of 18. Consequently, there's been no need for them, or their parents, to check their credit.

Identity Theft and Credit Card Fraud... Who Is Really at Risk?

Chris Mettler | Posted 06.01.2016 | Parents
Chris Mettler

With the number of identity theft cases steadily on the rise, it's becoming clear that identity theft isn't just a problem for adults. Children are the new targets of identity theft fraudsters.

I Ate Thanksgiving Dinner With My Identity Thief for 19 Years

Adam Levin | Posted 01.26.2015 | Crime
Adam Levin

Estimates vary, but somewhere between 10 and 16 million Americans are defrauded each year in this way. Thanksgiving can be an awkward time of year for some victims, since family members account for more than 30 percent of the identity thieves.

A Parent's Guide to Stopping Child Identity Theft

Adam Levin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

In most cases, your child should not have a credit report -- that is, until credit is taken out in his or her name. So if you get a call or a notice from a creditor regarding your child, or an invitation for them to apply for a credit card shows up in the mail (email or snail), don't dismiss it as a mistake.

Could Your Mother's Online Sharing Cost You Big Time?

Adam Levin | Posted 07.01.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

While it can be a source of embarrassment when family stories go around the dinner table, the advent of social media makes that table very big, and surely, you don't know everyone who's been invited to dinner.

Security Takes the Stage at SXSW: Key Takeaways

Joe Ross | Posted 06.22.2014 | Technology
Joe Ross

I want to share with you my top SXSWi security takeaways, gathered from some interesting and engaging panels and discussions at the festival.

New Hacker Threat -- Targeting You Through Your Kids

David Kennedy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
David Kennedy

It's important for parents to realize that just because you have parental controls on your computer, that doesn't mean your child is safe from online criminals. There are dozens of ways your kids could be targeted online, but here are the ones most likely to happen in your home.

How to Prevent Child Identity Theft Part Two: What Business Can Do

Joe Ross | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Joe Ross

Child identity theft is a growing problem. It is cruicial for businesses to make sure any personal information they collect for children is properly protected.

How to Prevent Child Identity Theft Part One: How Parents Can Help

Joe Ross | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Joe Ross

To reduce the number of child identity theft cases, it's important for parents to get in the know. Here are a few tips for parents to help prevent child identity theft from occurring.

4 Big Problems With Social Security Numbers

Adam Levin | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

While Congressional inaction around Social Security number reform jeopardizes our future financial well-being, federal agencies' needless exposure of our Social Security numbers practically guarantees financial insecurity now.

Dead Simple: Identity Theft, the Deceased and Tax Returns

Robert Siciliano | Posted 06.26.2013 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

The IRS has reported that it blocked $20 billion in tax refunds from bogus tax claims last year -- $6 billion more than the year before. What the figure really means is that more and more identity fraudsters fancy their chances against the IRS.

4 Ways to Protect Your Child From Identity Theft

Beth Kobliner | Posted 10.22.2012 | Money
Beth Kobliner

Imagine this: Your teenager applies for her first credit card or student loan -- and she's denied. Turns out, her identity was stolen years ago, and she's thousands of dollars in debt. Child identity theft is more common than you think.

Thieves Use Deceased Child's Photos For Facebook Page, PayPal Donations

Posted 01.19.2012 | Impact

Julie Chambers' heartbreaking experience of losing her 2-year-old daughter was made worse in an unimaginable way. The mother from northeastern Engl...

Gerry Smith

Rise In Child Identity Theft Prompts Push For Solutions

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 12.23.2011 | Technology

"Burdened Beginnings" is a series examining the problem of child identity theft. Other stories in the series can be found here. When Jennifer Andru...

Gerry Smith

In Push For Data, Schools Expose Students To Identity Theft

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 08.08.2012 | Technology

"Burdened Beginnings" is a series examining the problem of child identity theft. Other stories in the series can be found here. In El Paso, Texas, ...

Gerry Smith

Foster Children Struggle To Recover From Identity Theft

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 12.23.2011 | Technology

"Burdened Beginnings" is a series examining the problem of child identity theft. Other stories in the series can be found here. SAN DIEGO -- After ...

Gerry Smith

Family Secrets: Parents Prey On Children's Identities As Victims Stay Silent

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.11.2012 | Technology

"Burdened Beginnings" is a series examining the problem of child identity theft. Other stories in the series can be found here. Ana Ramirez rents a...

Gerry Smith

Identity Thieves Target Children For Unused Social Security Numbers

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 12.23.2011 | Technology

"Burdened Beginnings" is a series examining the problem of child identity theft. Other stories in the series can be found here. Every few weeks, St...