A local father says his 6-year-old daughter's identity was stolen.
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - Having your identity stolen can be a nightmare, yet it’s even more of a sinister crime when a child is the victim.
This is alarming on so many levels - identity thieves choosing a 6-year-old as their target.
She’s now the victim of a heinous crime involving identity theft. Her father recently filed an official report with Bloomfield Township police, after discovering what happened.
Turns out the crooked cowards who somehow got the child's Social Security number have also been using them in Detroit to open up utility accounts.
Doug Smith says companies like DTE Energy and Consumer's were then reporting unpaid bills under his daughter's credit history.
A credit monitoring service is considered the best way to stay on top of possible identity theft. Doug says that's helped him to at least start fixing his daughter's credit.
In the meantime, it remains a mystery how someone got her sensitive info to begin with and who those villains are.
Doug says his daughter’s information could've been stolen as far back as a year ago.
We've reached out to DTE and Consumer's who promise to look into it further.