It’s a crime that happens in the Twin Cities: Children’s financial identities are being stolen and parents often don’t know it has even happened until much later, according to law enforcement.

Through the crime, a child’s identity is used by another person for personal gain. The perpetrator may be a family member, someone known by the family, or even a stranger who purposely targets children because of the often lengthy time between the fraudulent use of the child’s information and the discovery of the crime.

A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation revealed there is no one agency or state department that tracks the full scope of child identity theft in Minnesota.

KSTP Investigative Reporter Eric Chaloux spoke with Minnesota families affected and shares the information parents need to know.

KSTP and ITRC Child Identity Theft Hotline and Live Chat

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS and the ITRC have partnered to bring concerned parents information about child identity theft. On Monday, Feb. 27 from 6-7 a.m. and again from 6-7 p.m., those who have questions may contact ITRC representatives by calling the number listed below or via a web chat available on the site.

Resources for Parents

Children often become victims of identity theft because they have no credit history and the crime may go undetected for much longer.

If you are a concerned parent who wants more information about how to protect your child from identity theft, visit the Identity Theft Resource Center's consumer page. You can call the toll-free number at 888-400-5530 to speak with an adviser for free assistance. You can also contact the center via live chat or email.

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