A few weeks ago, hackers hit health insurance provider Anthem and came away with private information from around 80 million customers. And, adults aren't the only ones affected. Millions of children also had their Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other information taken, which could make it easy for criminals to steal their identities.
A child's number is even more valuable. Here's why: For most minors, their number is pristine - it's never been used and is not yet associated with a credit file. That means there's very little chance that the credit reporting agencies are monitoring it.
One out of every nine Americans is covered by Anthem or its affiliates. If your children fall into that category, you've got to be on high alert because thieves could ruin their credit and steal their identity before they're even 18. Anthem is offering two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft repair assistance to affected customers and services to protect children from identity theft. But, there's still more you can do.