Your Child's Identity may be at Risk for Theft

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- What would you do if you went to open a checking account for your child only to discover someone else had already fraudulently opened one? Well it's happening here in the Stateline.

Kids are prime targets for people looking to steal identities they have ever applied for anything or established credit so their names and social security numbers are clean slates for thieves.

It happened to Jeanne Oddo. When she went to open a checking account for her 21-year-old son they discovered he already had a bank account that was way overdrafted. Turns out his father opened it in his name when he was just a teenager. A new report shows that young people, especially children younger than five, are more at risk than ever for having their identities stolen.

Jeanne Oddo said, "I would suggest people periodically take their kids to a bank and have them run it through check systems. and run credit reports they are free once a year from all credit reporting agencies because anybody could take anybody's identity."

Experts say you need to start screening your child's social security number when they are very young because they are 35 times more likely to have their information stolen than adults.

In Jeanne's case her son's name is the same as her ex-husband's name. So they didn't check whether the social security number matched up, but it's evidently very common for thieves to take a child's social security number and attach a different name to it.

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  • by annomymous on Jun 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM
    i truly hope you got both sides of this story..your source of information could be wrong...whether intentional or not..i hope your interviewer did check if this accusation is true...good luck if it is not, alot of people are in big trouble, including your source...but i am sure you did check this out before broadcasting it...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2012 at 01:30 PM
    The government issued my daughter the same social as another child in texas. when i called the SS office they said, if the first 2 letters of your last name and first 3 letters of your first name go through the system the same day, it thinks it is the same person without checking the rest of the letters and issues the same #. After filing our taxes the 1st year and found our daughter had already been claimed we found out how this government system works. Messed up!She was issued a new SSN but I do not have a common name so I only wonder with more common names how often this happens. As far as why you steal your childs social and mess up their credit is beyond me!
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