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Virginia lawmakers to vote on new identity theft legislation

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The Virginia Senate will vote Monday on new identity theft legislation.

Virginia Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn proposed the legislation along with Delegate Scott Surovell.

Filler-Corn tells WSLS it would enable parents to freeze their children's credit or the credit of any incapacitated person so thieves couldn't steal their identity and potentially rack up thousands of dollars in debt.

Virginia State Police Captain Robert Chappell testified in front of a hearing recently. He wrote the book Child Identity Theft, What Every Parent Needs to Know.

"Children have what the credit issuers considered to be clean credit. In other words they've never applied for credit before, they don't have good credit or bad credit, they have clean credit which makes them very attractive to criminals," said Chappell.

There are ways to protect your kids from the growing crime. We'll share the top three tips and you can ask the experts your questions starting Monday on WSLS at 5 p.m. 

The Better Business Bureau serving Western Virginia will be answering phones at our phone bank from 5-6:30 p.m.

From 6-6:30 p.m. on the WSLS facebook page Chappell will answer questions along with Equifax Personal Solutions who offers credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

You'll find the discussion on our wsls facebook page just search WSLS.

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