How To Freeze Your Kid's Credit - From A Mom Who Wouldn't Accept "No"Parenting paranoia is a job hazard of the investigative reporter. Case in point: My years of reporting on ID theft has me terrified of the threat, especially for my daughter. Children are particularly attractive targets because crooks know that kids' social security numbers are a blank slate and they likely won't be applying for credit for 18+ years. That leaves plenty of time for crooks to target and destroy their credit before anyone figures it out.
Foreign Call Center Workers Ask For Social Security Numbers Without Giving Their Own IdentitiesAs advised by the countless ID theft experts I've interviewed, I hesitate to reveal my SSN to anyone unless it's absolutely necessary, even to my doctor.
ConsumerWatch: Study Finds Errors Common On Credit ReportsOne in five consumers had an error in a credit report issued by a major agency, according to a government study released Monday.
ConsumerWatch: 4-Year-Old Mistake On Credit Report Hurts HomeownerA mistake on your credit report can be costly. And experts say the best way to fix an error it by contacting the credit reporting agencies directly and informing them of the mistake - They’re required by law investigate within 30 days.