Fairfax Juvenile Identity Theft Attorneys

Imagine having your credit ruined before you had the opportunity to establish it. This is the reality for many juveniles in Virginia and across America. Juvenile identity theft is becoming a growing problem for young people. All too often, the theft is not discovered until years later, when young people apply for employment, student loans or housing.

What can you do if you discover that your credit or your juvenile child's credit has been damaged because of identity theft? Contact the skilled consumer protection lawyers at Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC. From our office in Fairfax, Virginia, our lawyers can help you get your credit back on track.

Do not let collection agencies and credit reporting agencies ruin your future! Let our attorneys take them on. We get results. We are known and respected by these entities for our aggressive advocacy. They know we are not afraid to take them on, and we have what it takes to win. You can reach one of our Fairfax juvenile identity theft lawyers by completing our online contact form or by calling us directly at 703-648-8279.

How We Look Out for the Interests of Juveniles Now and in the Years to Come

The best way to protect juveniles from identity theft is to prevent it before it happens. Lawyer Scott Surovell has been leading the charge to protect consumer interests at the state level. Serving as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, he co-sponsored and wrote a bill to specifically address this issue.

The new law, which was signed by the governor in early 2014, enables a legal representative, such as a parent or legal guardian, to request a freeze on the juvenile's credit report. This security freeze prevents credit reporting agencies from releasing the juvenile's report as well as any information that was taken from it or records associated with it. The new law applies to all juveniles under the age of 16 as well as legally incapacitated individuals.

The security freeze law effectively prevents would-be identity thieves from using the juvenile's name to obtain credit. Mr. Surovell's consumer protection advocacy has made this law one of the first of its kind in the nation.

How to Protect Your Child From Identity Theft

While the new law will undoubtedly help curb juvenile identity theft, it does not mean that parents to young children should not take precautions. Here are a few simple steps you can take to protect your child:

  • Just as you should not carry your own Social Security card around with you, do not carry your child's either.
  • Just as you destroy any papers that you carry personal information, be sure to shred any documents that contain identifying information of your child as well.
  • Be cautious about giving out your child's Social Security number. Do not hesitate to ask about how an entity plans to store or destroy any record of your child's Social Security number.
  • Wait to tell your minor children their Social Security number until you are confident they know how to protect it for themselves.
  • Keep your child's face off the Internet. Most devices that record digital images attach geocoding elements to each picture. Knowing your child's name and uncovering his or her location is often all the information that an identity thief needs.

Get Help From Our Northern Virginia Juvenile Identity Theft Lawyers

If you have recently discovered that your child's identity has been stolen or you are a young adult who has recently learned that your identity has been misused, we can help. Call our lawyers at 703-648-8279 or send us an e-mail. We serve individuals in Fairfax, Alexandria and throughout Northern Virginia.