Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, and it can have devastating financial consequences for its victims. Identity theft can happen to anyone, regardless of age, and minors are often attractive targets because identity theft crimes against children can go undetected for years.
In an attempt to protect children from identity theft, the Utah Attorney General has launched its Child Identity Protection (CIP) Program. The program encourages parents to enroll their children in a free credit monitoring service with TransUnion. Information about participating children is entered into the company’s High Risk Fraud database until the child’s 17th birthday.
During the 2013-14 legislative session, I plan to reintroduce a resolution in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to recognize a designated week as “Child Identity Theft Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania. I am hopeful it will raise awareness and help to protect the identity of our children, especially considering the startling findings of a study by Richard Power, distinguished fellow with Pennsylvania’s Carnegie Mellon CyLab.
You can read the startling report, along with other information about child identity theft, in the following links:
Child Identity Theft: New Evidence Indicates Identity Thieves are Targeting Children for Unused Social Security Numbers, by Richard Power, distinguished fellow, Carnegie Mellon CyLab
Utah’s Identity Theft Prevention Efforts
Credit Reporting Agencies
Identity Theft: 'Kids Don't Know They're Victims', a report by National Public Radio
Pennsylvania’s Identity Theft Information Page
Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General