They are young, and have no credit history. Yet that's what makes children such appealing targets for identity thieves.
Child identify theft is the fastest growing type of identity theft. Each year, 500,000 children become victims of the crime. Half of them are under the age of six.
Longtime Virginia police officer Robert Chappell has just released his book, "Child Identity Theft: What Every Parent Needs To Know". It offers tips for parents to keep their children from becoming victims.
You can meet Chappell, and pick up a copy of the book Saturday, February 16 at the Child Identity Theft Prevention Safety and Community Event at the Vinton War Memorial. It's happening from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
There will also be free child fingerprinting and child safety seat inspections, along with a bounce house, face painting and other fun activities for the kids.