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And welcome back -- magic getting a call alerting you to your identity was stolen as far back as when you were six years old and then finding out that the -- went after your two year old son.
It happened to our next guest and it's not as uncommon as you may think an estimated one in forty households with children has a child who will have their identity still.
Joey Foreman is still the process of recovering from her identity theft nightmare and Joseph Mason is an identity theft expert and author of the book bankrupt.
There is the book nice to see both of this morning.
-- it was an accurate that you got a phone call from the target that basically says your identity had been stolen and it happened years ago somehow.
It was in 2009 and that's how it actually started for me and it was my identity that was stolen.
It snowballed in over a 100000 dollars worth of different things that were opened from candy stores in Indiana too.
Fingerhut all these different stores and as I was finding this all -- I learned that.
-- I had something open when I was six years old.
A credit card for clothing company someone -- in your name and my name yet and I didn't know it because sometimes these things will sit and hold for a couple years.
And then that was at the point I said I have to take control my family and make sure that.
You know I get my son taking care of and safe and also my husband as well so -- -- sounds fantastical -- you're saying that this happens an awful lot.
It does in fact that the number one type of identity theft now -- child identity theft than last year about eleven million people were victims of identity that many of those were children.
And the stats estimated that one out of every forty children before they turn eighteen years old will be victim's identity.
-- you -- be selfish about your family security tip number one how do you do that.
So number one be selfish get the right mental model in terms of thinking about your child's identity protected the way you protect your child.
It's the first thing the second thing that we ought to do is pay close attention.
Two information that you received via mail or over the stuff so it joins us on -- you didn't do.
I mean if if the credit car was open it in your payments at age six years old maybe that would show.
And up on a credit reports somewhere -- pulled it when I was right out of college and that was never there yeah and in my son what really -- -- -- him when I looked for him.
What's that someone had tried to open account in his name and I was like that's it I've had enough.
CC monitoring is -- definite best method user's particular service she would recommend people use their services on the market one of the very good ones is called identity guard and identity guard has a service for parents trying to protect the addition of these children.
You also see share identity safe tips with kids letting them.
It's a brave new world out there we've got FaceBook in Stu grant snapped -- all of these different things how can you do that with your kids.
It's very tough you have to teach them not to talk to strangers the way that we were educating growing up.
And now -- on line it it has become cool to be transparent to share permission about your family about yourself it's not so cool anymore.
Families in kids need to maintain a sense of privacy.
You have a six week old how how are you already trying to implement some of the stuff.
You know I haven't I'm just now getting my head together about being a mom again but yes that's that's on the steps of one -- -- to get taken care I live online.
My jobs -- I'm OK with it but I don't want my children to be out like that.
It is a brave new world have to really think about the things were sharing sometimes I -- take a picture of the kid maybe I shouldn't be sheer.
-- -- Portman and Joseph -- in the book is called.
Bankrupted birth bankrupt at birth you read more about that thanks for sharing your story with us thank you.