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Children's SSNs Prime for Identity Theft

IDENTITY THEFT

August 4, 2010

The Associated Press reports about an on-the-rise form of identity theft involving the sale of children's Social Security numbers (SSNs) to establish credit lines. Sellers find kids' dormant SSNs on the Internet and avoid prosecution by referring to the numbers as credit privacy numbers, or CPNs. Sellers promise to raise customers' credit scores to 700 or 800 within six months, the report states. One expert said it can take years before the crime is detected. "This is an invisible crime with invisible victims who don't have enough support out there to help them," said a spokeswoman from the ID Theft Resource Center.
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