Identity theft is one of the largest and most common forms of cybercrime. When it comes to sensitive personal information, a child’s Social Security number, date of birth, name, and address is some of the most desired information by criminals.
Child identity theft is when someone uses a child’s sensitive personal information to get services, benefits, or to commit fraud. Stolen ID information can be used to open bank or credit card accounts, apply for government benefits, loan applications, and more. Youth Social Security numbers are especially valuable because a thief could be actively using the stolen information for years before anyone notices.