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Children the Target for ID Theft

IDENTITY THEFT—U.S.

April 1, 2011

Identity thieves are targeting children when picking victims, MSNBC reports. That's according to a report published today by Carnegie Mellon University fellow Richard Power, who examined 40,000 children's profiles using data from identity monitoring company Debix. Power found that, of those profiles, 10 percent had identities that were "tainted in some way," including 500 children with names attached to mortgages or foreclosures and 415 with driver's licenses. The report is the first real attempt to quantify the problem of children's identity theft, Power said. The child ID theft expert at the Federal Trade Commission said the results are "informative, giving us the best insight available into the potential scope and nature of the problem."
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