Child Identity Theft: What Every Parent Needs to Know

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Dec 21, 2012 - Law - 228 pages
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Child identity theft is the fastest growing type of identity theft, a crime that affects some 10 million people annually. Each year more than 500,000 children are affected by identity theft – half of them under age six. Countless other cases go unreported because the thief is a relative or parent of the victim. This devastating crime can wreak havoc on a child's future opportunities; it can be difficult to prove, and even harder to undo the damage that has been done. Child Identity Theft speaks to parents everywhere, the majority of whom have no idea that their children's identities have become such prime targets for thieves and criminals.

Here, a veteran law enforcement professional and expert in child identity theft offers parents, educators, law enforcement officials, and others who care for or work with children an inside look at the ways in which children are vulnerable to identity thieves. Chappell presents the vital information in a question and answer format, offering not just information about how child identity theft happens, but also how to prevent it from happening, and what to do if it does.

Among other things, Child Identity Theft explains:

  • how a loophole in the national credit reporting system allows criminals to target innocent children for their creditworthiness;
  • the variety of forms that child identity theft can take;
  • the hidden techniques that thieves use to gain children's identities and personal information;
  • which children are at a higher risk for identity theft; and
  • how an increasing number of child identity thefts are perpetrated by parents and relatives.
This book reveals the reality of child identity theft and the steps we all should take to protect our children and ourselves. How many victimized children are out there out there waiting to be discovered? Has your child been victimized? One hopes not, but if so, this book will give you the tools to find out and get help.
 

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Contents

Chapter 01 Understanding Child IdentityTheft
1
Chapter 02 Recognizing How Child Identity Theft Happens
35
Chapter 03 Detecting and Reporting Identity Theft
77
Chapter 04 Dealing with Child Identity Theft
107
Chapter 05 Coping with the Emotional Fallout from Child Identity Theft
143
Chapter 06 Preventing Child Identity Theft
155
Chapter 07 Further Resources
185
Notes
193
Resource List
197
Index
201
About the Author
207
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Robert P. Chappell, Jr., is a 27 year veteran law enforcement officer. In 1986 he was honored with the Virginia Chief’s of Police award for Valor in the Line of Duty. Chappell began his career with the Virginia State Police in 1987 where he has worked for the past 25 years. He has served as a trooper, Narcotics Special Agent, uniformed Sergeant, First Sergeant, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and currently as a Lieutenant with the Bureau of Field Operations. He is considered to be an expert in the field of Child Identity Theft. Chappell is also a veteran of the Armed Forces having served 25 years with the United States Army Reserve, during which time he was awarded the Bronze Star, Army Combat Action Badge, 101st Airborne Air Assault combat patch, 11th Armored Cavalry combat patch, and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment Order of the Combat Spur. He retired in 2008 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

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