Identity theft and your kids

August 1, 2008 5:43:19 PM PDT
Child identity theft is the fastest growing form of identity theft according to TrustedID, but there are ways to protect your child from infant to college age. The chief marketing officer for TrustedID, Lyn Chitow Oakes, has some advice.

Tips to Protect Your Family

  • Your personal information and identity are valuable, don't give it away for free

  • Only share information online while meeting others in social networking spaces, playing games, or registering for free stuff that you would want a complete stranger to know.

  • Never share your social security number or driver's license number unless absolutely necessary. A thief only needs to know where you live and what year you were born to steal your identity.

  • Treat your identity like any other valuable -- keep it safe

  • Lock up personal papers, credit card statements and any other information that can be used to steal your identity.

  • Take your social security card out of your wallet

  • Make sure your computer is protected with virus and spyware software protection

  • Monitor your identity as you would any valuable-we monitor our homes with alarm systems and we place alerts when our stock portfolio changes, your identity is no less valuable

  • Sign up with a monitoring service that will monitor black market areas of the internet for the sale of credit card numbers, bank accounts, name/address/phone number information

  • Check your child's credit report-if they have one they may be a victim of identity theft

  • Teach children not to provide information for personal safety and identity theft

    Tips for college students:

  • Students are heavily marketed to by credit card companies, don't give away personal information for a T-shirt, and don't throw pre-approved credit card offers in the trash.

  • Sharing information on social networking sites, shopping online or playing games makes you more vulnerable, only share info you would share with strangers.

  • Have a secure mailbox, otherwise your info could be stolen

    About Lyn Chitow Oakes, Chief Marketing Officer
    Lyn Chitow Oakes serves as TrustedID's Chief Marketing Officer where she is responsible for corporate communications, corporate and product marketing, and market research. With more than 25 years of marketing and general management experience, Oakes previously served as head of marketing, product marketing and customer service for Jingle Networks where she grew the 1-800-FREE411 brand from several hundred thousand to over 200 million callers per month. Oakes also served as CMO of eHealthinsurance where she played an important role in increasing brand awareness and establishing the company as the market leader through corporate communications, marketing, research and policy initiatives.


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