Frosh and health officials launch child identity theft prevention campaign
According to Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Eight hundred million cases of identity theft occurred in the U.S. over the last few years, and millions of those victims are kids.
This is why he’s partnering with Maryland hospitals to protect children against identity theft. They’re urging folks to place security freezes on their children’s credit reports. The campaign, which launched Wednesday includes a new website called kidsafemaryland.org.
It provides information on how to place those freezes. Nationwide, children are targeted for identity theft thirty-five times more often than adults. Frosh says unfortunately children make the perfect target.
He continues, “An identity thief would rather steal the identity of a child than a millionaire. The reason is they can take that child’s identity and use it for years before anybody finds out about it.”