The perfect crime: Stealing a child's identity

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  • daddyhighway richfield, UT
    Aug. 15, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    1. All children receive social security numbers before they are one year old so that you can claim them as dependents on your taxes.
    2. The last time this scare went around, I tried to find out if my son had any credit information and if his identity had been stolen. He was six years old at the time. I contacted all three credit agencies and was told that I could not access any credit information for children under 18. I could not find a way to even find out if my child's identity had been stolen. I would have to wait until he was 18 and then hope to fix any damage.

  • Utah Native Farmington, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 9:36 a.m.

    There should be a database that allows lenders, employers, etc., to gauge the approximate age of a person based on the numbers in their SSN. For example, my kids' SSNs all start with the same 3 numbers, but the middle 2 numbers increase incrementally indicating a passage of years between their births. Anyone else with the same middle two numbers I would guess were born the same year in Utah as my own kids. If there was a way to input the number and have the system compute an approximate age, at least the loan officer or employer could check the theoretical applicants whose SSNs come up with a red flag that says, "This individual is approximately 2 years old."

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    But why would someone need another person's identity or social security number? Legal residents are given these. I'm so confused.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Aug. 10, 2012 7:00 p.m.

    We had this back in 2008 when Shurtleff told us he was going against child identity theft.

    A couple of days later he told a Hispanic gathering that he would not prosecute illegal immigration.

    Here we are again.