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Shocking That Thieves Now Target Children For Identity Theft!

Shocking That Thieves Now Target Children

For Identity Theft!

Is It Time To Check Your Credit For A Home Loan?

Your identity may have already been stolen by thieves.

Maybe since you've been an infant!

 

Sounds simple, especially if you are at least 18 and have no debt, just getting started in life. I was watching ABC News a few nights ago with Diane Sawyer and there was a segment on child identity theft.

 

She said 1 in 10 infants and children have had their identity stolen by thieves. They open accounts after defaulting on others and can run up huge debt.Lexington KY Homes For Sale Lizette Realty - Lizette Fitzpatrick 859-979-2834

 

It can be years before parents can find out.


Imagine as you child comes of age and you are wanting him/her to establish credit and get

started in life.


That would be to buy a home also.

 

Places where the social security numbers can be stolen are hospitals, child welfare offices and schools.

 

What can you do as a parent?


Check in periodically with the credit reporting agencies and don't let your child give out the SS# to anyone without your permission. 





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Comment balloon 17 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • June 19 2012 06:28PM

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I saw this ABC news report too! Thank you for taking the time to get this story out to our community. Suggested!

Posted by Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker, Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM (Hello Realty Partners) about 6 years ago

Thanks Emily. I put this in my email newsletter last week too for my clients.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 6 years ago

I am shocked.  I had not seen the ABC news report.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 6 years ago

This is too important not to reblog! Passing it forward within ActiveRain and with the help of Twitter.

Posted by Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker, Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM (Hello Realty Partners) about 6 years ago

Lizette, thanks for calling our attention to this threat. I currently have two friends with identity theft issues.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 6 years ago
Lizette-thanks for the info. Who would think to check this!
Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 6 years ago

I hope none of us have to deal with these type of thefts. It's amazing how crazy this world is now.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 6 years ago

Good morning Lizette,

Wow..never gave it a thought before but I can see why it would be easier to target children who would not be checking their credit for years to come. I came over from Kathy's post this morning..I missed this so glad I did!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) almost 6 years ago

lizette,


Thanks for the Ah-ha moment! Featured you in my Weekly Post!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 6 years ago

I've heard of this recently. It's so sad what some people will resort to. Thanks for the reminder to keep an eye on even our children's identifying materials.

Gretchen

Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Lizette, it only makes sense because it can take decades for anyone to find out! It's amazing that we don't have something in place in this country so that this kind of stuff doesn't happen.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) almost 6 years ago

IN many cases it is the parents or close relatives that steal the identities.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) almost 6 years ago

Lizette:  Sad but true ... and perhaps the most alarming thing is people do not know it until real damage and many years have gone by, in most cases.  I wrote a blog about this topic a while back.  And what made me the most mad about this crime, were the number of instances that the child was related to the perpetrator.  Makes it even worse!  I've told both of my boys that we are going to run periodic credit reports on the grandkids ... just to play it safe.  VERY valuable info and post ...

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) almost 6 years ago

Now that children are given a social security number at birth, there are even more ways to commit fraud.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) almost 6 years ago

Lizette:

For heaven's sakes, where will identify thefts strike next.  I think the government needs to rethink requiring a baby to get a SS#.  Why did that start anyway.  Now that we know that baby's identified are being stolen we have to check their credit every year, just as we check our credit.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) almost 6 years ago

Amazing to me that these thieves can put that much thought and effort into the wrong thing. Imagine if they channeled their energy into something positive. Wow.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 6 years ago

One of the other sad features of these types of issues is some criminals are so creative that if they put their minds to lawful pursuits, they could help the economy, society, and do it in a lawful manner.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) almost 6 years ago

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