How To Check Your Teen's Credit Score and Protect Your Teen's Identity.

Here are some signs your teen’s identity might have been stolen:

Identity thieves and scammers aren’t known for having scruples or morals. Stealing your teen’s identity (and wrecking their credit) is a real possibility for them. Here are some signs your teen’s identity might have been stolen:

  • Your teen gets calls from collection agencies
  • Your teen receives bills or credit cards
  • Your teen gets pre-approved credit card applications
  • Your teen’s bank account application is denied because of poor credit

Yikes! As a general rule, if a teen under 18 has a credit report at all, that’s not a good sign. To check to see if your teen has a credit rating (and thus, if their identity has potentially been stolen), check with the following three credit bureaus:

  • Transunion
  • Equifax
  • Experian

If your teen is a victim of identity theft, alert all three agencies, file a police report and file a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. You should also contact the Identity Theft Resource Center at 888-400-5530.

We take your security (and your teen’s) seriously. Check out our page on Identity Theft to see how to protect your identity – and what to do if you think it has been stolen.

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