More than 50,000 Florida children have had their identify stolen. A new law aims to stop the crime.

A piece of mail addressed to 13-year-old Austin Blomeley alerted his mom, Wendy, to the trouble.
 
She quickly called and found out a family member opened multiple accounts, including checking, savings and credit card, in her son's name.
 
Wendy spent months filling out paperwork and writing letters to clear her son’s name. This is the kind of nightmare Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says fewer families will suffer once the newly-passed KIDS Act becomes law.
 
"Our children are most vulnerable for a longer period of time and then it makes it more difficult for them to start off in life," Putnam said.
 
The KIDS Act, which the governor is expected to sign into law, will allow parents to freeze their child's credit. That means no one, not even someone who steals personal information from your child, will be able to use that information.
 
The act could potentially become law July 1 and will cost each parent who signs up $10, money Wendy would have gladly spent to have spared her family.
 
Once the KIDS Act becomes law, parents will be able to open a credit account in their child's name and immediately freeze it. All the information will be posted on the Agriculture Department's website once that happens. 
 
We will be watching for that and will post that information when it comes out.

 


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