Project to Protect Kids From Identity Theft

While your child is in class, they may also be a victim of a new crime sweeping the nation.

Sheriff John Rutherford says, “It’s been called the crime of the 21st century already.”

More than 10,000 Florida kids fall victim to ID theft every year.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam says, “It is particularly explosive growth in children because when you steal a child’s identity because you can manipulate their credit and benefit from it for a much longer period of time before it is discovered.”

The law would give parents the ability to call one of three credit monitoring agencies and freeze their child’s credit.

Not only is the bill designed to protect tens of thousands of children yearly. It’s also estimated to save the state more than 21-million dollars every year.

“Protect the valuable information about your child, protect their social security numbers, don’t let social media reveal too many aspects about their lives,” said Putnam.

Sheriff Rutherford says it’s important to put more resources into fighting identity theft. “Preventing the crime before it occurs, and protecting children before they are victimized.”

Maryland was the first state to pass a similar law last year.

Florida authorities say if this becomes law, the state says it will be a leader in protecting youth.