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      Thieves target tots in theft scheme

      Across the nation, people are hitting adulthood to find that they are thousands of dollars in debt and their record spans back to childhood. / MGN Online

      Officials with the Tift County Extension Office are warning parents to beware. Identity thieves are now targeting children.

      Across the nation, people are hitting adulthood to find that they are thousands of dollars in debt and their record spans back to childhood.

      Criminals are stealing the social security numbers of children because they have a clean record.

      Tift County officials say thieves are able to take another person's identity because social security numbers are issued by the print date not a child's birthdate. With this, a child's SSN can easily be mistaken for someone who just received a new card.

      Parents are asked to check their child's credit so that if there is a problem it can be fixed.

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