According to the identity protection organization CSID, part of Experian, children are 35 times more likely to have their identities stolen than are adults.
Warning signs that a child could be the victim of identity theft include:
- Being denied government benefits because someone is already using the child's Social Security number (SSN) to receive government payments.
- Receiving a notice from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stating that the child failed to pay taxes or that the child's SSN was used to file a tax return.
- Receiving a collection call or bill for products or services that a child allegedly purchased, but did not.
Parents can find out if identity thieves have stolen their child's identity by checking to see if the child has a credit score. In most cases, a child should not have a credit score, so having one is a possible sign of fraud. Kim St. Onge "How parents can protect their children from identity theft" www.wsmv.com (May 08, 2018).