Protect Your Child's Identity

March 8, 2017

Have you checked your child’s credit report?

Unfortunately, a child’s identity is valuable to identity theft criminals. The identity can be used for a long time before identity theft is discovered. 

Identity thieves use child identities to rack up years of debt. These issues can take many years to resolve and can possibly restrict a child’s chance of getting a job, college loan, or credit card.

It’s never too early to check your child’s credit report. The Federal Trade Commission recommends all parents check to see if their children have credit reports when they turn 16. This gives parents time to correct any errors on the report.

Consumers can request copies of credit reports from all three credit reporting agencies at www.annualcreditreport.com. The site also outlines steps to take if you suspect fraud involving your child's identity.

To learn more about what you can do to keep your and your child’s identities safe this tax season, visit the Indiana Department of Revenue’s Stop ID Theft website for additional tips and resources.

You also can access the Attorney General’s ID Theft Protection Tool Kit at www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2853.htm.