How to tell if your child’s identity has been stolen

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We don’t want to scare you! But vigilance is key here.

If you receive strange mail, calls, or messages with your child’s name, you should investigate immediately. There’s a possibility they wound up on some spam lists, but these unsolicited communications are a huge red flag. 

  • Your child starts to receive bills in their name. 
  • Your child receives credit cards or pre-approved card offers in the mail. 
  • You start to receive calls from collection agencies asking for your child. 
  • Your child already has a credit file in their name. (You can check this by contacting the major credit reporting agencies — Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian.) 
  • You get a notification from the IRS that your child’s name or SSN has been used on another tax return or that your child owes income taxes.
  • Your child is denied government benefits. 
  • You receive age-inappropriate junk mail addressed to your child.


Don’t shrug these off! Taking fast action now can be a huge lifesaver for your child and family down the line.

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