Identity Theft Concerns

by Christa Lollis

Leaving your wallet in the car or having your personal check land in the wrong hands could mean your identity being stolen. "It doesn't take a whole lot for an experienced crook to gather the info and there's a lot of stuff out there these days that they have access to," Lufkin police detective Otis Almond said.

The problem is, identity theft has moved beyond stolen wallets and personal information left in the open. Now thieves are targeting children. "This is particularly dangerous because now in many cases parents won't realize that their child's identity has been stolen and is being used for many years after the crime," Scott Minic with Trusted ID explained.

That's why his company says parents need to start checking their kids credit reports along with their own each year. Things to look for are accounts and charges that you don't recognize, that could even mean medical ones. That's a new problem authorities are seeing. "It can also be life threatening if a criminals medical history starts to get merged or blended into your medical history. In the event of an emergency a doctor in the emergency room may not know which records are yours and which records belong to someone else," Minic said. The problem is the culprits are experienced and know exactly what to look for and as soon as people are watching for one thing the thieves are stealing information a new way. That's why police and experts say being too careful is never a bad idea.