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ID theft hits 1 in 10 kids, but there's help

Tuesday, April 5, 2016by  Jon Osterberg

id-theft-kid.jpgAdults have enough on their hands protecting themselves from identity thieves. 

But according to a recent study, 10% of children have their identities stolen, making them about 35 times more likely than adults to be targeted by crooks.

Now there's help. Last week, Washington Gov. Inslee signed into law a bill that enables parents to freeze their child's credit until the child turns 16.

Before SHB2859 became law, Washington parents could freeze their child's credit only after it already had been stolen.

As one parent told KING-5 in this report, that's like locking the door after the horse is already out of the barn.

The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2017. Parents will pay of fee of $10.

If you're a PEMCO customer who suspects your identity has been compromised, you automatically qualify for help from PEMCO ID Smart, a free, value-added service. We can connect you with a personal fraud advocate who's an expert at resolving ID theft. Learn more about PEMCO ID Smart.

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