A child's Social Security number can be used by identity thieves to apply to open bank and credit card accounts, apply for a loan or utility service, or rent a place to live.
Many school forms require personal and sometimes sensitive information and if parents aren't careful, their child's identity could be at risk.
Experts say to pay attention to forms from school. Find out how your child's information will be used, whether it will be shared, and with whom. Asking schools and other organizations to safeguard your child's information can also help lower the possibility.
Find out how your child's information is collected, used, stored, and thrown away. Your child's personal information is protected by law.
If you believe your child's information has been compromised, contact the school to learn more and keep a written record of your conversations before filing a fraud report.