CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Ohio Attorney General is advising parents to place a freeze on their child’s credit report to protect them from identity theft.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said scammers will use the child’s identity to open accounts or or receive benefits.
“A victim’s age doesn’t matter to identity thieves so parents need to utilize all the available tools to protect their children,” Yost said. “A freeze on your children’s credit report is free and can provide that security to lock out scammers.”
The identity theft of a child usually does not get noticed for years, because children don’t typically try to access or check credit.
According to The Federal Trade Commission’s latest report, there were more than 14,000 victims of identity theft under the age of 19.
Parents will need to provide a birth certificate and proof of identity.
There is no cost to place or lift a security freeze.
Victims of identity theft should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or www.OhioProtects.org.