MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's hard to imagine a toddler owning a new car or being thousands of dollars in debt, but experts say it's happening all over the country.
Research by the fraud protection website All Clear I.D., finds identity theft of children under the age of five has jumped 105% nationally since last year.
Experts say parents need to look for warning signs, like unusual mail addressed to their kids. And, if you do suspect your child is a victim, act quickly.
"You are going to have to contact the three different credit reporting agencies and prove that your child is who they say that they are," explains Nikki Junket, Identity Theft Resource Center.
Experts say identity theft can result in bad credit, bad background checks, defaulted loans and years of lost opportunities for the innocent victims.