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Schemes & Rip Offs: Child ID Theft - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Schemes & Rip Offs: Child ID Theft

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You've probably heard the warnings about preventing identity theft - shred your financial documents and monitor your credit reports. But did you know you also need to carefully watch your child's identity too? Scammers find inactive social security numbers online - most of which are assigned to children under the age of 18 who have not started using them yet - and then sell the numbers to help people establish fake credit.

Here are a couple clues that someone has stolen your child's identity: Your little one starts receiving pre-approved credit card offers through the mail or calls from collection agencies.

The Federal Trade Commission says parents should contact all three credit bureaus and request a report immediately, and consider doing a credit freeze.

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