Identity theft and online fraud is an act in which a criminal illegally accesses and uses someone else’s personal information to take over or open new accounts, receive tax and government benefits, or commit crimes under a false identity.

Identity theft can also happen to children. Child identity theft occurs when someone uses a child’s identity information to commit acts of fraud.

How to Protect Your Child From Identity Theft and Online Fraud

  • Offer Smart Online and Social Media Tips e.g.
    1. Set rules for online behavior especially for social media sites e.g. Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and Snapchat.
    2. Tell your child to not post anything other than his or her name—so no address, phone number or photos of documents such as school ID, passports or school name tags and logos.
    3. Children need to be made wary of clicking on malicious links or downloading files that could be used to infect their computer and steal personal information.
    4. Tell your child to look out for people who ask probing questions. If the person seems to be snooping or spying, or is in any way invasive, there’s a good chance the intention is to steal their identity. Assure your child that not responding isn’t rude; it’s the right thing to do. Identity thieves use emails, texts and fraudulent websites to “phish” for identity information.
  • Teach Them How to Handle Identity-Filled Documents.