At age 7, Zach Friesen's Social Security number was stolen by a stranger who used it to buy a $40,000 houseboat.
Friesen didn't discover someone stole his number until 10 years later when he applied for a job at age 17.
Children make good targets for identity theft because they have clean credit records (unless, I suppose some thief is the second to steal the kid's identity), and since the only reason they have a social security number is so their parents can claim them on their taxes, any theft may go undetected for years.
(This, by the way, is another good reason for ditching the income tax system and replacing it with a consumption tax.)
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