BRANSON, Mo. -- Identity theft continues to be an enforcement nightmare in this country. New figures show the arrest rate for ID theft crimes is under 5 percent. Also, the victims are getting younger and younger.
Your child is born, he opens his eyes, you give him a name and he gets a Social Security number. Other than your yearly tax return and the rare bank account you open in his name, that Social Security number sits around for 18 years with no purpose, except to ID thieves.
"It started in the adult world and now it's worked its way into the children's world," said Curt Gaddis, owner of Pre-paid Legal Services, a company that offers identity theft protection products.
While no one is fully protected, children are particularly vunerable to this growing crime. Arwen Parsons, 7, of Branson certainly surprised her parents when she moved to Arizona three years ago and got an apartment complete with utilities, phone and direct TV. Of course, it wasn't she who did it but an ID thief.