The kit contains up-to-date pictures of their child, the child’s height, weight, birth-date, fingerprints, as well as a strand of their hair. While that part of the story is true, law enforcement does recommend a kit like this, it’s all the sensitive information about children these scammers are trying to collect that’s triggered this warning!
Some of the information scammers are asking for include the child’s full name, social security number, address, birth date, and some parents have said an in-person meeting was requested.
Many scammers target children due to their clean credit rating and the ability to use their information for years before being caught. The BBB recommends never giving out your child’s information, checking their credit report annually and be wary of unsolicited offers.
Has your child been the target of identity theft? How did you find out?