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The Credit Line: The Lasting Impact of Child Identity Theft

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Tune in to this week’s installment of The Credit Line, hosted by Credit.com’s chairman and co-founder Adam Levin on Los Angeles’ KFWB 980 AM this Saturday, July 15, at 9 a.m. PST/Noon EST.

The show is co-hosted by L.A. radio personality Jeff Levy.

The Growing Epidemic of Child Identity Theft

This week you’ll meet Jaleesa, who became a victim of child identity theft while in the California foster care system. Unfortunately, she didn’t discover the crime until she applied for her first credit card and was told she already had bad credit.  Studies estimate that hundreds of thousands of people under the age of 18 become identity theft victims every year. What’s worse, it may not necessarily impact young victims’ daily lives when it occurs, but can have a devastating impact when they reach adulthood and look to build a financial future.

Matt Cullina, CEO of Identity Theft 911, will introduce Jaleesa and speak about the company’s project with Joint Star to help thousands of children within the foster care system who are victims of identity theft. As a foster parent himself, he has a unique perspective of the vulnerability of foster children to identity theft.  Also joining us will be Jay and Linda Foley of the Identity Theft Resource Center to talk about their proposed 17-10 Registry, which aims to curtail child identity theft. Peter Samuelson, President and Co-Founder of First Star, a non-profit that helps child victims of abuse and neglect, talks about the problem of child identity theft in the foster care system.

[Related Article: Child Identity Theft—The 17-10 Solution]

Call in with your questions

Do you have a question or a personal story about identity theft?  Adam Levin and Jeff Levy are ready to take your calls live this Saturday July 15 at 9 a.m. PST/Noon EST, at 888-539-2980.

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