Community Spotlight on Child Identity Theft
Cybercriminals sometimes target youth, infants to 19-year-olds, in order to utilize their clean financial records without being detected. Cybercrime, including the hacking of vulnerable smartphones and Internet-connected devices for data collection is most common in the U.S., but guardian misuse was also a contributor to the roughly 14,000 reported cases of child identity theft in 2017.
It’s possible that youth identity theft may go unnoticed, as criminals successfully access stolen or fraudulently-obtained information to collect tax benefits, create new bank accounts, and open new lines of credit. Due to the age of the victims, many thieves can exploit an individual for upwards of 10 years, that is, unless the victim or their parents detect the issue early. For concerned parents looking to defend their digital information, consider enrolling with dark-web monitoring companies, such as LifeLock, that can offer personal and family identity theft protection plans. We also have other great cyber security resources to help guide you along the way: