Stolen childhood: 1 in 10 children has identity stolen
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - It could take just seconds for a thief to steal your child’s Social Security number but a lifetime to repair your child’s credit.
The latest statistics show one out of every 10 children will have his/her identity stolen by the time he/she turns 18.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says a child’s Social Security number is far more valuable than an adult's.
“You can create the identity of a 5-year-old, ruin the kid's credit, and the child will not find out about it until he’s 18, 19, 20, 21 sometimes,” said Frosh.
Frosh encourages parents to freeze their child’s credit in order to discourage thieves.