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Howard County forum educates on dangers of identity theft

You make concerted efforts to safeguard information from identity thieves — keeping bank card passwords concealed, buying online goods solely from secure websites and refusing to furnish personal information to anyone you don't know.

Adults and even teens have become accustomed to these precautions. Surely toddlers and preschoolers aren't vulnerable to such criminal activity.

But they are, according to Rebecca Bowman, administrator for the Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs.

Bowman is among local and national officials who will take part in an Identity Theft Forum this Thursday at Howard High School in Ellicott City. She and others familiar with child identity...