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Topics addressed on February 15, 2012:
Requesting report for minor son to protect from fraud
How can I get a copy of my son’s credit report? I believe that his father may have tried to get credit in his name. We are divorced, and he lives in a different state. I just want to protect my child. I received a card for him at my home that we never applied for.
If you are concerned that someone may have used your minor child’s identification information fraudulently, you are wise to take precautions. You can obtain a copy of your son’s credit report by sending a written request to Experian along with documentation showing that you are the child’s parent or legal guardian. You will need to provide the following:
• a copy of a government-issued identification card for yourself, such as a driver’s license, State ID card or military ID card.
• proof of your address (such as a copy of a utility bill, bank statement or insurance statement, that shows your name at your current mailing address)
• a copy of your child’s birth certificate
• a copy of your child’s Social Security card
Please also include a note explaining your request. We will check our records to determine if there is credit record for your son. If we are unable to locate a record for your son, we will send you a letter stating that we have no record in our files. If, in fact, your child does have a credit record, we can send you a copy, as well as place a security alert on his file that will alert creditors that someone may be trying to use his information fraudulently.
Contacting the three major credit reporting agencies is a good first step in determining whether or not anyone is using your son’s information to commit identity fraud. If it turns out that he has a credit file, it is also a good idea to contact any creditors that are listed in the report to notify them that the accounts are fraudulent. They can then check their records for his SSN on any other accounts.
If you discover signs of fraud, you should also file a police report stating your child is a fraud victim. Having a copy of a police report available can be helpful in speeding the fraud recovery process.
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