SCAM ALERT: Protecting Your Child's I.D. As School Starts

A new school year usually means filling out paperwork like registration forms, health forms, and emergency contact forms, to name a few.

The Federal Trade Commission wants parents to know that many school forms require personal and sensitive information that, in the wrong hands, could be used to commit fraud in your child's name.

A criminal can use a child's social security number to get government benefits, open bank and credit card accounts, or rent a place to live.

Most parents and guardians don't expect their child to have a credit file, and rarely order or monitor a child's credit report.

The F-T-C advises you find out who has access to your child's personal information, pay attention to material sent home that ask for personal information and consider programs that take place at the school but not sponsored by the school; like sports and music where children are named and pictured on websites.

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