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"Every parent needs to be aware of how the bad guys are trying to take advantage of you and your children. Robert Chappell provides a step-by-step description of how to detect and prevent your children from being the victim of identity theft!"

Marty Williams, State President, Fraternal Order of Police of Virginia

"This book is organized in a way that directly addresses the problems and issues facing concerned parents. It is particularly clearly written and provides just the necessary level of technical detail for the reasonably computer-savvy reader."

Paul Barnes, professor Macquarie University, Australia; director of the International Fraud Prevention Research Centre

"Child identity theft often goes undetected until the victims are older and run into difficulty trying to get driver’s licenses, credit cards, college loans, apartment rentals, or jobs. What’s more, resolving these problems is difficult and time-consuming. This book provides helpful ways to avoid child identity theft, as well as steps to clear any occurrences of identity theft."

Matt Cullina, CEO, IDentity Theft 911

"Robert P. Chappell, Jr.'s new book, Child Identity Theft, is in my opinion one of the best books on Identity Theft written to date. Robert takes the reader on a guided tour of all of the known issues that a child identity theft case can have, and provides clear, accurate, timely guidance so the parent can clear their child’s name and restore their future."

Jay Foley, partner, Identity Theft Info Source

"With his research and firsthand knowledge, Robert Chappell has prepared a book that will help parents avoid the pitfalls of child identity theft thereby safeguarding their children’s future. His noble effort should be read by all. "

Don Goodman, Chief of Police, Radford City (VA) Police Department

"Robert Chappell has written a well-researched, invaluable book about a very important topic. It is a comprehensive, hands-on resource with practical examples that provide not just solutions but prevention. This is a must for parents to protect their child’s identity. "

Cindy Orshek, director, National Criminal Justice Command College, University of Virginia

Each year between 500,000 and 750,000 children are
affected by identity theft!


Child identity theft is the fastest growing type of identity theft, a crime that affects some 10 million people annually. Each year between 500,000 and 750,000 children are affected by identity theft – half of them under age six. Countless other cases go unreported because the thief is a relative or parent of the victim. This devastating crime can wreak havoc on a child's future opportunities; it can be difficult to prove, and even harder to undo the damage that has been done.


Child Identity Theft speaks to parents everywhere, the majority of whom have no idea that their children's identities have become such prime targets for thieves and criminals. It is in a Q&A format, with 99 questions and answers, each under 2 pages...a great format for busy people!

Here, a veteran law enforcement professional and expert in child identity theft offers parents, educators, law enforcement officials, and others who care for or work with children an inside look at the ways in which children are vulnerable to identity thieves. Chappell presents the vital information in a question and answer format, offering not just information about how child identity theft happens, but also how to prevent it from happening, and what to do if it does.

Among other things, Child Identity Theft explains:

  • how a loophole in the national credit reporting system allows criminals to target innocent children for their creditworthiness;
  • the variety of forms that child identity theft can take;
  • the hidden techniques that thieves use to gain children's identities and personal information;
  • which children are at a higher risk for identity theft; and
  • how an increasing number of child identity thefts are perpetrated by parents and relatives.

This book reveals the reality of child identity theft and the steps we all should take to protect our children and ourselves. How many victimized children are out there out there waiting to be discovered? Has your child been victimized? One hopes not, but if so, this book will give you the tools to find out and get help.