The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning parents about scams targeting parents by offering free child safety kits. Some parents even claimed the scammer requested to meet the child in person. Know what to look for–follow these tips to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.
The latest scam starts with the scammers contacting parents and offering free child safety kits. They stress the importance of providing information that would allow law enforcement officials to locate their child in the event of an emergency.
Although legitimate child ID kits only request information about the child, the latest scam version also requests information about the parents.
Parents were asked to provide sensitive information about their child that is not usually requested for legitimate child ID safety kits, including their full name and Social Security number. Scammers also ask for the standard information such as address and date of birth – all of the information they need to steal an identity.
According to the BBB, “Scammers know that people rarely, if ever, check their child’s credit report, which means they can get away with using a child’s name and information for years before being found out. In addition, children’s credit scores are a clean slate, making them an ideal target.”
Don’t Be a Victim
In order to avoid this type of scam, the BBB warns that you should never give your child’s personal information to a stranger–especially their Social Security number.
Legitimate organizations and businesses won’t contact you via unsolicited phone calls or emails. If a valid government organization calls you, they will have generally sent you postal mail beforehand.
Check your child’s credit report at least once annually to look for signs of fraud, and keep an eye out for bills or invoices sent to your home in your child’s name. In addition, ensure that doctor’s offices, schools, sports teams, and any other organization that requests your child’s personal information will keep it safe.