As a parent, protecting your children is your first priority, but it isn’t always easy. Sometimes danger can take unexpected forms. While you may think about keeping them safe when crossing the street or climbing a tree, have you thought about keeping their identity safe from thieves? If you haven’t, perhaps you should.
Each year, an estimated 1.3 million children are victims of identity theft, and half are under the age of six. Cases include things like using a child’s name or Social Security number to apply for loans, rent or buy property, or open credit accounts. And you may not even notice until years later when your child tries to apply for student loans or get a car loan. However, if you’ve discovered your child’s identity has been stolen, here’s what you should do.