Imagine getting bills for services you didn’t get when still a teen — and then finding out when you’re 18 that your credit rating is already shot.
This Rhode Island TV station found three kids who went through that brand of identity theft. They shared two other things in common: All went through Rhode Island’s foster care system, and all believe the identity thief was a family member or close friend.
The station says a congressmen, Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., plans to introduce legislation in Congress designed to protect potential victims of such crimes.
You’ll find more on WPRI’s investigation here.