Child Identity Theft can begin shortly after birth and continue well into their teenage years.
Identity theft impacts a child in a variety of ways, particularly once he or she becomes a teenager. A college-bound victim, for example, could be denied scholarships and financial aid. A potential employer could end up denying a candidate a job if the routine background/credit check reveals unpaid bills, a loan default, or something worse. A stolen identity could lead to a motor vehicle record being tied to a criminal’s name and therefore voiding your license. It also could prevent a young adult from being able to rent an apartment or open a utility account. It could even lead to medical records that are muddled with incorrect information. This will make a person difficult to insure at a minimum and more importantly could lead to medical treatment based on faulty information creating a dangerous situation for the individual.