DENVER – According to the Consumer Sentinel Network database, 57,491 consumers between the ages of 20 and 29 were victims of identity theft in 2012. That number accounts for 21 percent of the total number of identity theft complaints reported last year – the largest out of any 10-year age range.
As the fall semester begins, the BBB warns college-age adults of their vulnerability to identity theft. Criminals who commit identity theft target college-age adults because they often have good, clean credit scores of which to take advantage.
Identity thieves also know that as college students multitask to keep up with school, work, family and social lives, fraud can easily go undetected. It’s vital that students are aware of identity theft, scams and other rip-offs they might encounter when living on their own for the first time.
The BBB offers six simple tips for college students to protect their identity:
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