Cybercriminals target children and infants! In a silhouette of dark websites accessible with special software the image of a dark web emerges.
Cybercriminals claim to be selling Social Security numbers of infants and children on a forum on the dark web.
The going rate? $300 worth of bitcoin.
That’s right. Access to your child’s Social Security, address, any information can be found on certain dark websites with the right software.
The sad thing is, it can go undetected for years. Usually until a child is grown and applies for their first credit card. A whole credit history will come up that’s not even theirs.
The latest ad reads: “get ’em before tax season”, the busiest time of year for identity theft.
The dark web marketplace is accessible through the software called Tor.
Some of the dark websites are known for criminal activity. One site has classes to teach criminals how to steal credit card data!
When Christina Warren was around 12 years old, she began receiving credit card statements. Then collection notices began to pile up. Her parents had to convince creditors that her identity had been stolen.
Although credit companies assured Christina the problem had been taken care of, she discovered six years later it was still ongoing and had to once again get her identity corrected.
The FTC provides resources for parents who think a child’s identity may have been stolen and tips to keep it safe.
Parents should keep an eye out for signs the child’s identity has been stolen such as receiving an alert when a Social Security number has a credit history or if your child receives a summons to serve on a jury. Yes, your 3-year-old could be summoned for jury. Which means it’s highly likely their identity has been stolen.
I had this happen personally back around the early 1990s. I received notice to go to a government office for some reason I don’t remember now, and when I sat down, the first question she asked me was if I’d ever lived in a certain county and if I’d ever used an alias of so and so.
I just about lost it! Of course not! Why would I use an alias? And I’d never been near the county where my Social Security number had been used to obtain food stamps!
So I had to go to the social security office and go over my records with them from the time I started working at age 13 to make sure my records were correct and nothing was missing. I felt angry, violated and appalled. We fixed it all, but it was shocking to say the least.
Christina advises parents keep documents of everything if identity is stolen. Because unfortunately, it is the victim who has to prove correct identity and fix it all. And don’t think it’s over and you can just put it away. Once it’s stolen, still be cautious and keep records.
It’s sad when people have so much time on their hands they’re busy making money stealing identities from infants and children who may have to pay for it the rest of their lives.