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Protecting minors from identity theft

Your child may be years away from using their credit.
But crooks may be using precious information to steal.

Channel 3's Amber Southard has more on what law makers are doing to help protect your child's information.

The Better Business Bureau says children make perfect targets because it takes year before they realize they've been a victim.

Florida law makers have filed a bill that would stop people from stealing children's identities.
"Kids Act" would allow parents to  create and freeze their kids credit records without penalty.
Carla Stevenson says she worries this could happen to her children.

Carla Stevenson  "They could go off to college or somewhere and try to get some credit then realize 10 years ago someone has taken out credit or loans in their name and not be able to get a home or a car something that they need, so I think its a great idea."

According to the Consumer Sentinel Network over 10-thousand children a year have their identity stolen.
The State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services estimates children's identity theft is responsible for more than 100-million per year in fraud.
And say it can be time consuming to clear your credit.

Danielle Rudd "They do need to contact each of the credit reporting agencies in writing via certified mail to get the steps of getting all the different lines of credit removed from their report."

The bureau also has tips to keep this from happening to you or your child.
Make sure you safely dispose of documents and  keep any anti-virus software updated.

The act would also apply to adults who have legal guardians. Reporting in Escambia County Amber Southard Channel 3 News."