RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) -- If you have little ones running around, one of the last things on your mind is their credit score. Most people don't even consider a child's credit score until he or she is at least 16 years old.
According to Identify Theft Resource Center, many scammers are using this to their advantage.
According to ITRC, child identity theft cases are common because of the "lengthy time between the fraudulent use of the child's information and the discovery of the crime."
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR:
An easy way to determine whether or not your child's information is at risk is to check whether or not they have a credit report.
WAYS TO PREVENT ID THEFT:
You should also be cautious and aware of situations that put information at risk:
-Losing a wallet or purse.
-Break-in at your home, school, or doctor's office where your child's information could have been involved.
-An adult in your household might want to use a new identity to start over.
PROTECTING A CHILD'S ID:
A new North Carolina law grants parents or guardians the ability to freeze a child's credit. The law allows parents of children under 16 and guardians of incapacitated adults to implement a Protected Security freeze on the child or adult's behalf.
For more information on warning signs and preventing child identity theft, click here.