It is looking like all 3 of the younger kids have had their Social Security Numbers stolen.
In all 3 cases, when i try to get credit reports, i am told that the information of date of birth and such do not match up with the records the credit bureaus have.
As i said, this is going to be a test of whether or not that identity theft insurance we've been paying for will work. Supposedly, if it does turn out their numbers are being used by other people, all we have to do is file the police report, and the company does the actual hundreds of hours of legwork involved in getting the mess untangled and their credit cleared up.
Now, too, if these people are using my kids' numbers for jobs and such, we will have to notify the SSA and make sure there aren't earnings credited to them that don't belong, and that Bigger Girl's earnings are credited to her properly. Also, we will have to watch for someone else's medical information coming up under their numbers. That can be a mess to clean, because medical records are confidential.
Still, this company claims to work on all of that. We will see.
There has to be a better way than the Social Security Number to identify people, and be the one main source of figuring out who someone is. It was never meant to do this. We need a better, more secure system.
Meanwhile, tell all the parents you know, and if you are parents, consider yourself warned. People apparently love to steal the SSN of kids, because they are working with a clean slate. Often, apparently, they do this to babies and don't get found out until the kids are 18 and applying for student loans. By then, it's a horrible, tangled mess.
Check every year. Everyone is entitled by law to one free credit report every year from each of the big 3 companies. You don't have to sign up for anything, the websites that promise a free report when you sign up for a trial of this or that are ripoffs. Instead, get the absolutely free ones from annualcreditreport.com.
Do it 3 times a year, one of the 3 reports at a time. That way you spot anything very early, when it's easy to untangle.
Check for your own credit, too, the same way, 3 times a year.
Had i realized, i would have done it long before now, and we wouldn't be wondering if we could even get our kid into school.
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