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A friend recently enrolled her child in kindergarten and she told me she was shocked at the amount of documentation she had to bring to signup. She was told to bring a Social Security card or birth certificate, a bill to prove residency, medical records and preschool records. I wasn’t surprised, but I gave a warning to my friend. With more personal information floating around, you and your family are at a greater risk for identity theft and child identity theft.
Even though children are supposed to have a blank slate, the number of reported child identity theft cases in the U.S. has increased by 200 percent since 2003. And despite the growing trend of child ID theft, more than 80 percent of parents of minor children say they are unfamiliar with child identity theft.
Back-to-school time means you’ll be asked to fill out paperwork and share your children’s personal information with teachers and administrators, so it’s the perfect time to think about how to protect your family.
Identity theft protection tips for back-to-school season:
Sending your kids off to school is stressful enough without the added worry of identity theft. Protect yourself and your family by keeping your personal information safe.
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