DD10 got a credit card offer!

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by Merriwind, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. Merriwind

    Merriwind Always looking for an excuse to go to WDW...

    May 2, 2005
    Hi all-

    So, DD just turned 10 and today she gets a pre-approved credit card offer in the mail! WTH?! It was for a Discover card. Can I send the "invitation" back with a note that she's a child and have them take her off of their mailing list?

    She just got a People to People Ambassadors invite yesterday, which I know are generated from mailing lists. I am wondering now if she is somehow in some big list pool. Anyway to get her out? The last thing we need is more junk mail and I'm a little creeped out with a ten year old getting cc offers. (She, of course, wanted to sign right up.)

  2. powellrj

    powellrj DIS Veteran

    Mar 2, 2003
    when my DS was 15 he got a plastic AARP card in the mail!! I still have it because we tease him about it!
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  4. ash&abby'smom

    ash&abby'smom Princess Ballerinas<br><font color=deeppink>Love,

    Jun 15, 2004
    I believe that is one of the signs to look for identity theft. You may want to run credit checks on her to make sure that someone hasn't opened any accounts in her name.
  5. gonemousin'

    gonemousin' Mouse-a-holic

    May 6, 2005
    I'm not trying to alarm you, and the credit card offer is probably just a freak "her name somehow got on a big mailing list" kind of thing, but if I were in your shoes I'd probably run her credit report to be sure it's squeaky clean. Again - not trying to scare you - just thinking out loud. Unfortunately, children are not immune to identity theft.
  6. Melissa_E

    Melissa_E Friends don't let friends try the beverly!

    Nov 11, 2007
    I agree. Good luck!
  7. DisNeeFans

    DisNeeFans Mouseketeer

    Oct 10, 2007
    My 10 ds also got something in the mail last week about him being gauranteed $500 cash advance. After seeing this post I think I will run his credit report and all my other children as well. Let's just hope both of our children somehow feel into one of those "mailing lists" and not something serious!
  8. ceecee

    ceecee DIS Veteran

    Apr 6, 2001
    DD got a student people to people thing this year as well AND a pre approved CC. Now I'm concerned. How do you run a credit check on your child? Wouldn't her SS# somehow have to be on it? I can't imagine how they could have gotten that.
  9. justwinnie

    justwinnie DIS Veteran

    Apr 30, 2006
    My DD was 2 years old when she started receiving Continental Airlines Master Card credit card offers. My husband and I didn't even receive them!

    I called them and asked to have her removed from the mailing list, since she was two. It took over a year and several phone calls to get her off the list.

    She did start flying at around 18 months, and we always bought her a seat, but I thought her seat was always associated with me.
  10. autumnbaby9

    autumnbaby9 DIS Veteran

    Oct 6, 2005
    I got a CC offer when I was 8. My parents and I thought it was hillarious. Of coures this was before the whole identity theft thing got huge.
  11. Malificient Tater

    Malificient Tater Mouseketeer

    Jul 1, 2007
    it just means that her name is on a list somewhere. Dogs get them as well, does not have to mean identity theft, just a name on a list
  12. Merriwind

    Merriwind Always looking for an excuse to go to WDW...

    May 2, 2005
    Thanks to all for the quick and helpful replies. I did call Discover. THey removed DD from their mailing list. I will also go ahead and get her credit report. Probably and hopefully this is nothing, but in this day and age bad guys use technology, so we should too.

    Thanks again!
  13. aepecoraro

    aepecoraro Mouseketeer

    Apr 2, 2007

    You wouldn't be surprised of all the places that would have access to it...Schools are the big one
  14. sl_underwood

    sl_underwood DIS Veteran

    Jan 13, 2006
    Both our oldest dd and our cat have received offers in our home. Both were from Capital One. Of course, this was after our dd took a class at our community college. Later, we found out that the colleges are paid to provide information to the cc companies. Our cat, the only thing I could figure was I bought her medication at 1-800-Petmeds.
  15. LanaJae

    LanaJae DIS Veteran

    Jun 2, 2007
    I can't prove it, but I think some fundraiser companies sell kids' name lists from school to credit card companies and other direct-mail companies (without saying they are children). I think they are given the database info. to do pre-printed labels and last names are matched up with public address information in that area. Whoever is doing this gets "bonus" money as these are new legitimate names and addresses. This has happened with 3 of my four kids, and those 3 all had the same fundraiser company.
  16. jackskellingtonsgirl

    jackskellingtonsgirl DIS Veteran

    Nov 14, 2004
    DS11 gets credit card offers from American Airlines ALL the time because he has a frequent flier number. I did call and ask to have the offers stopped, and I haven't seen one in awhile. DH and I would get them, too, so most of the time we would have 3 in the mailbox at once.

    OP - Hopefully there isn't anything funny with her credit report! :wizard:
  17. Schachteles

    Schachteles DIS Veteran

    Dec 5, 2005
    Glad to know that I am not the only one...each of my DDs got one this week from Discover Card...they are 2.5 years old and 5.5 years old...really nice...my DH is NOT happy...he thinks that the only company that could have sold their name is WELLS FARGO since that is where they have savings accounts.
  18. dclfun

    dclfun DIS Veteran

    May 13, 2000
    I am one of those people who got several CC offers for my dog. At least I know she doesn't have an identity to steal but I agree with others that if it's a child, I'd run a report. I had posted yesterday about Suze Orman on QVC and her Identity Theft kit. It was an amazing bargain and did say it protected your minor children and elderly adults. For two people for one year it only cost $20 including shipping. I bought two kits ( I esp. wanted the lost wallet protection ) to cover four different people since they didn't have to live at the same address and was pleased with all that was included and the million dollar protection. Supposedly it will be out in stores in a few months, but at a higher price and only for one person. It's kind of creepy to think all that can be generated just by mailing lists and someone's personal information. Since I know someone who had a huge mess with their identity being stolen it's not a matter to take lightly. Meanwhile I have to wonder what kind of credit limit they'd put on my labrador? She has expensive tastes in doggy treats!---Kathy
  19. micki7337

    micki7337 <font color="blue">Luv that Mouse!<br><font color=

    Dec 31, 2003
    my 7 and 11 DD and 14DS get them all the time typically after wedo a WDW trip via any airline. we just laff and shred. I am also tempted to one day send it back to see what they would do with it.

  20. Fizzgig

    Fizzgig Enjoy your travels, wherever they take you! May th

    Dec 13, 2007
    Why not just call the 1800 number to opt your children's Social Security numbers out of CC offers for 5 years (or permanently)? Here's an article to show all the places you can opt out of these things: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/20/business/20money.html

    Also, Wells Fargo offers their own Visa-brand credit cards--they definitely would not be selling their competitors (as in Discover) their customer list.

    You can also put a freeze on your child's credit with the various credit agencies. It's a pain in the backside, but you might want to look into that, versus spending the money to check your child's credit yearly.

    Hope that helps!

    ETA: You can't do a minor on the 1-800 number, per this link, but the agencies are not allowed to keep a record on anyone under 13: https://www.optoutprescreen.com/faq.htm#22
  21. mrsmom

    mrsmom <font color=green>Drinks P.C.'s in the C.C. at P.I

    Jul 27, 2000
    My 15 yr old ds got a credit card offer yesterday from Capital one. I was shocked they could send these too kids. He just laughted.

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