A portion of this blog was taken from a CyberScout publication for member companies.
If identity thieves obtain your child’s Social Security number, they can slowly create new accounts and rack up bills without setting off many red flags. Talk to your child about safe online behavior and protect them from online bullying. Minors who are bullied online are more than nine times more likely to be victims of fraud. 1 Experts believe this may be because they are more willing to share information online in search of acceptance.
If you have minor children, you can ask the credit bureaus if a credit report exists for them. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has an article with tips on how to do that. You can request the file from any of the three bureaus. This is especially important if you believe your child may have been the victim of identity theft. If you discover that your child has a credit file, you can dispute the error. This tip sheet from the CFPB includes information on how to dispute the credit file for your child.
1 2018 Child Identity Fraud Study, Javelin Strategy & Research
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