Transitioning from summer fun to the back-to-school routine can already be very
stressful. However, you may not be aware that it can also create opportunities
for thieves to steal identities. As you prepare for your kids to go
back-to-school, here are a couple tips to help protect you and your family from
To enroll your child in a school and/or after-school program, oftentimes a
great deal of their personally identifiable information (PII) is required. From
their full name, address and date of birth, to medical and Social Security
numbers, make sure you understand what PII is mandatory and how the information
is secured before you share it. Don’t share any PII unless absolutely
Whether you’re picking up supplies or clothing,
review what you carry in your wallet before you leave home. If you use
a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) credit card (e.g. Visa payWAVE®,
American Express® Expresspay, MasterCard® PayPass™ and/or Discover Zip,) make
secured in an RFID-blocking wallet. Don’t leave any PII in your car
while you shop, and visually inspect credit card machines before you swipe to
ensure there are no signs of tampering (i.e. the card reader is not loose and
shows no sign of tampering).
Consider only having your child’s name written inside pockets of their
belongings instead of the popular monogram on the exterior. This is to prevent
a stranger from calling your child by name, which could potentially make a
child not view the person as a stranger.
Identity thieves look to commit
child identity theft because a child’s identity is rarely monitored and
theft is usually not detected for years.
Click here to learn more about protecting your child’s PII year round.
To take additional steps to protect your family, visit our partner, EZShield.
Along with Check Fraud Protection, which is available when you place your check
order, EZShield offers additional identity protection services with Family
Identity Restoration and Internet Monitoring to fit your family’s specific
Click here to learn more.