If you have a college student packing to live on or near campus this fall, now's a good time to talk about preventing fraud while they're away from home. Better Business Bureau (BBB) recommends that they take seven simple steps to protect themselves from identity theft and other fraud on campus.
“Identity theft can affect penniless students as much or more than their parents,” said Michelle Corey, St. Louis BBB President and CEO. “Sometimes a relatively clean credit record can be very attractive to thieves. By establishing good habits for monitoring and detecting fraud, students can establish healthy financial habits for the rest of their lives.”
About 4 percent of identity theft reported to the Federal Trade Commission last year involved people 19 or under – a total of 15, 496 complaints. The number jumped to 15 percent for those age 20 to 29, for a total of 58, 904 complaints.
BBB recommends that college-bound students take the following steps to fight identity theft on campus:
St. Louis Area Media Contacts: Chris Thetford, Vice President-Communications, (314) 584-6743 or (314) 681-4719 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
Shellie Kreter, PR & Communications Manager, (314) 584-6723 or (314) 348-5451 (cell), email@example.com
Columbia media contact: Sean Spence, Columbia Regional Director, (573) 886-8965, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cape Girardeau media contact: Joey Keys, Cape Girardeau Regional Director, (573) 803-3191, email@example.com
Quincy media contact: Mara Clingingsmith, BBB Quincy Regional Director, (217) 209-3972 or (217) 242-6272 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
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