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Safeguard your kid’s personal information to protect them from ID thieves

As a parent, you teach your children about stranger danger.

But there’s a different kind of perpetrator kids need to fear — the friend or relative who might steal their identity and damage their credit history. Experts have long warned adults that they need to protect their personal information from crooks who fraudulently obtain such data. Using stolen Social Security numbers or credit cards and other financial information, identity thieves buy cars, get cellphones, and open new credit card accounts.

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