Parents Stealing Children's ID

The Amarillo Police Department says they're seeing more and more identity cases every day.... An average of 150 cases per month. Out of all the ID theft cases APD sees every month, a majority of the thieves are people you know.

In one of the increasingly popular types... Parents and close family members are stealing their own child's identity. The Better Business Bureau's Janna Kiehl says "the adult realizes they have bad credit. Family member uses thier child's social security number to open new credit cards and rack up bad credit on their child's number and end up stealing thier entire identity.

She says the best way to protect yourself and your children is to check credit reports online at least once a year. You can do this by going to If you think you or your child has been a victim of ID theft, you should call the bank and close your accounts immediately. You should then call the police to report the crime and put fraud alerts on all of your credit cards.