Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:47:55 GMT
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A former Opp Police Chief was honored on Tuesday in Covington County as the department named its firing range in memory of the former chief. Johnny Ray Metcalf spent 27 years with the Opp Police Department,More >>
A former Opp Police Chief was honored on Tuesday in Covington County as the department named its firing range in memory of the former chief.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:17:20 GMT
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Crews are currently working to improve four student residences at Tuskegee University. The university began renovation to Banneker, Bethune, Douglass and Young Halls in May. The upgrades are expected toMore >>
The university began renovation to Banneker, Bethune, Douglass and Young Halls in May. The upgrades are expected to be completed by the Fall 2014 semester.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:53 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:53:02 GMT
Firefighters and local authorities are heartened by weather forecasts that call for continued cooler temperatures and higher humidity as they battle a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles...More >>
A destructive wildfire in Washington state has grown slightly but firefighters have made progress in their efforts to get it under control.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:32:17 GMT
A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.More >>
President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Add this to your list of parental worries: your child's financial safety. From the time your child receives a Social Security number, their personal information needs to be protected.
Just days after they are born children receive a social security number and immediately become vulnerable to identity theft.
If that sounds crazy, consider this: children and adolescents have become the fastest growing sector of identity theft victims.
"Be aware of how your children's personal information is used, just like your own information, social security number, and date of birth, be aware of how it is being used," says Jim Walsh, a U.S. Postal inspector..
In one recent case, more than 500 elementary school kids had their information compromised. A suspect with access to school files sold the kids' personal information to another suspect.
"There were hundreds of accounts opened and most of the accounts were used to get money," Walsh explained.
Suspects withdrew cash advances or would sell the names to make fake college IDs.
Postal inspectors say children have clean credit histories which make them appealing to criminals. "If they apply for a loan or try to get credit they could find out their credit is basically ruined and wouldn't know it the whole time they are growing up," says Walsh.
Some advice: periodically check your child's credit.
"It is unusual, but it's still something to be aware of as a parent."