The following is an excerpt .
Source: Federal Trade Commission
"Many school forms require personal and, sometimes, sensitive information. In the wrong hands, this information can be used to commit fraud in your child's name. For example, a child's Social Security number can be used by identity thieves and other criminals to apply for government benefits, open bank and credit card accounts, apply for a loan or utility service, or rent a place to live.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, cautions that when children are victims of identity theft, the crime may go undetected for years – or at least until they apply for a job, a student loan or a car loan, or want to rent an apartment."
-- find out who has access to your child's personal information
-- pay attention to materials sent home with your child, through the mail or by email, that ask for personal information.
To learn more about identity theft and how to deal with its consequences, visit ftc.gov/idtheft. You may have additional rights under state law: contact your local consumer protection agency or your state attorney general for details.
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