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Back to School Time Means Need for Added Identity Protection

August 08, 2013

Protect identity when going back to schoolSchool buses are back on their routes all around homes in Chicago, and schools are again full of minds eager to learn and participate. At back to school time, extracurricular activities like sports and clubs hold sign-ups for children who want to expand their minds and interests. But with activity sign-ups come paperwork that can increase the chances of

child identity theft, either on purpose or through negligence.

As parents, you have a responsibility to ask why personal information is requested and to be careful to only give it once you’re satisfied that it will be kept safe. Some things, like social security numbers, should still only be given out when absolutely necessary and when you are certain that  the information will be appropriately protected. It is also important to ask how this sensitive material will be discarded, as improper disposal gives identity thieves another big chance to compromise the information you give up.

If you aren’t vigilant in protecting your child’s personal information, he or she could be exposed to identity theft and fraud, which could remain undetected until your child applies for their first credit card. From there, it would be a long and costly experience in building back up their credit and slowing down their chances for education or auto loans significantly.

To learn more about identity theft, and how to protect yourself and your family, visit the

Equifax Finance Blog. While you are there, you can also find great information on real estate, credit, retirement, insurance and much more!

Categories: Economy, Education, Featured

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Read All Stories By Mitch Levinson

Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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