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2012 Child Identity Fraud Report

The 2012 Child Identity Fraud Survey, conducted by Javelin Strategy & Research, examines the incidence, causes and impact of child identity fraud.

A key finding of this report reveals that Social Security numbers are the most commonly used piece of information by identity thieves targeting children. Criminals actively seek children's Social Security numbers (SSNs) to create a “Synthetic ID,” which can be used to commit financial fraud.

Infographic: Protecting Children from Identity Fraud

Protecting Children from Identity Fraud

Key Findings

  • A Social Security number is the top compromised identifier.
  • Synthetic identities are the most common method behind Child ID Fraud.
  • One in 40 respondents had a child that was a victim of ID Fraud.
  • Victimization frequently occurs close to home by family or friends.
  • Child ID Fraud is more difficult to detect and resolve than adult ID Fraud.

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Michael Clement

The Javelin Strategy & Research Child Identity Fraud Survey Report examines child identity fraud, and the survey results are based on responses from more than 5,100 U.S. adults with dependents under age 18 on KnowledgePanel® U.S.