College students at risk for identify theft
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The Better Business Bureau®(BBB) warns college students are vulnerable to identify theft.
Identity thieves look to college-age adults because they often have good, clean credit scores, making them an ideal target.
According to the Consumer Sentinel Network database, 57,491 consumers between the ages of 20 and 29 fell victim to 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.
The BBB says the following tips can help you:
-Secure your mail. Have sensitive mail sent to a permanent address such as your parents' home or invest in a secure post office box.
-Store safely. This includes your social security card, passport and bank and credit card statements.
-Pull your credit report at least once a year.
-Check your statements frequently. Look for any suspicious activity or purchases on your debit or credit cards.