Bankrupt at Birth: A Review of the New Book on Child Identity Theft

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child identity theftLast month I agreed to work on a campaign to promote the new book Bankrupt at Birth by Joe Mason and to help promote the Identity Guard movement to end child identity theft.  I thought heading into this campaign that I was fairly aware of the issues surrounding child identity theft.  Working in the social service arena years ago I witnessed over and over again kids trying to get their lives started, living independently of their parents either alone or with their own children, only to find they had bad credit because their financial identity had been stolen.

As an adult, my husband and I have have had issues with stolen identity and while they were small and quickly resolved, they were still a pain to deal with.  This opened a little window for me to imagine just how awful life could be if our circumstances hadn’t been so fortunate.

What I discovered as I logged onto and then when I started to read Bankrupt at Birth was that I had no idea how prevalent of an issue child identity theft is.  I had no idea that I would be adding this to my list of “Things to be Vigilant About”.

What I learned from reading Joe Mason’s book is this:  There are many ways for our children to fall victims to child identity theft from the odd chance that servers with information are physically stolen to someone sifting through our garbage…and about a million ways in between.  I also learned that what makes this especially dangerous is that we often don’t find out it has happened until our children are grown and trying to set our on their own paths.  Can you imagine your child applying for student loans only to find out that their credit history has been flagged and they aren’t eligible?

Bankrupt at Birth is a quick read.  Joe Mason has a way of storytelling that draws you in and he offers up countless facts and statistics to put strength behind those stories.

Take a second to log on to and get started down a path to help protect your children from the risk of child identity theft.  If you would like more information, you can buy the book Bankrupt at Birth by Joe Mason from Amazon, you can also read several different articles on child identity theft to learn more.   The important thing is….it is time to learn more.


             This service and the book Bankrupt at Birth were provided to me for review at no charge. In addition I received monetary compensation. All opinions are my own.

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