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Identity Theft Scheme Steals Childrens Social Security Numbers

Thieves are targeting children's social security number before they have any credit history attached to them according to the Associated Press. Online companies seek out information to identify dormant Social Security numbers. After the numbers have been checked using publicly available resources to make sure that no one is actively using them they are sold online,.

"Social Security numbers follow a logical pattern that includes a person's age and where he or she lived when the number was issued. Because the system is somewhat predictable, sellers can make educated guesses and find unused numbers using trial and error.

A "clean" CPN (credit profile, credit protection or credit privacy numbers) is a number that has been validated as an active Social Security number and is not on file with the credit bureaus. The most likely source of such numbers are children and longtime prison inmates, experts said. "