Child ID Theft

One is 10 Florida kids is a victim of identity theft.

Criminals target kids because it can take years before they check their credit scores.

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam invited a group of kids to the Florida State Capitol Wednesday to announce legislation to protect their credit.

Putnam told the story of a Zephyrhills girl who fell victim to identity theft.

“She was only five when their phone rang at their home from creditors seeking out that five year old. When her dad pulled her credit report he found eight credit cards had been taken out under her name,” said Putnam.

Putnam is backing a bill to allow parents to open a credit record for their child and then freeze. This would prevent fraudsters from opening credit card accounts in their child’s name.