How to protect your child from identity theft

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There has been plenty of talk about identity theft as hackers and other scammers are out there trying to steal people’s identities.

But what about your children?

Scammers — maybe even people you know — are out there, after their information.

If they get a hold of a child’s important information, they could have big credit problems before they even know what credit is.

How can you protect them?

Robert Siciliano of “Protect Now LLC” is a 30-year veteran of the Identity Security Business and explained how common it is for a child’s identity to be stolen and what can be done to protect them.

Avoid child ID theft:

  • Guard social security number: Do not give out a child’s SS number unless it’s really necessary (ex: insurance, government agencies)
  • Protect ID at home
  • Use protection service: Get identity theft protection for themselves and their child.
  • Freeze child’s credit: Available through the three major credit bureaus, it locks down a child’s credit so that new lines of credit cannot be opened up if hacked.

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