Children Heading Back to School Face Identity Theft Risk
This isnít rocket science. We have millions of children registering for schools in person, online, over the phone, via email & through the mail.
This isnít rocket science. We have millions of children registering for schools in person, online, over the phone, via email and through the mail. All of these transactions involve personal identifying information including names, addresses and Social Security numbers.
All of these exchanges of data can be breached in some way by those on the inside of these organizations, hackers from the outside or simply from someone stealing mail or going through the organizationís trash.
The problem here is that once a bad guy gets hold of the childís Social Security number, he or she can then open new lines of credit under that childís identity simply by lying and saying the child is 18 years or older. With that information in the wrong hands, that child will face serious issues as a young adult when he/she is starting a new life and career out of high school.
Dallas News†reports, ďCriminals create a synthetic ID by combining a childís Social Security number with a different date of birth to fabricate an identity that can be used to commit fraud. ĎSynthetic identities are very difficult to detect,í reported a Javelin study. Guarding your childís Social Security number is critical to protecting his or her identity.Ē
Guarding a childís Social Security number is like guarding a credit card number. Itís bad advice and doesnít work. You canít protect numbers once they are handed over to anyone. Once in the wild, they are vulnerable.
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