With increased awareness surrounding the threat of identity theft, many adults are being much more careful about protecting their personal and financial information. But, there is a new segment of the population who don’t even have credit reports falling victim to identity theft at a shocking rate… young children. Children are the ideal target for identity thieves because a criminal can establish an identity under the child’s Social Security number and operate undetected for many years. By the time the parent, or the victim as a young adult, discovers the problem, there is often a long ugly history of fraudulent activity, bad credit, many thousands of dollars in debt, and often criminal behavior and arrests, even felonies. Unfortunately, repairing the situation can take many years, long legal battles, lots of money, and cost the victim dearly as they are unable to obtain credit, find a job, or possibly denied a drivers license. The crime takes a severe financial and emotional toll.