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College Identity Theft

By: Jennifer Cavazos
By: Jennifer Cavazos

College students enjoy being on their own and it's very common for students to apply for their first credit card putting their personal information out there.

"I think I keep a careful record of all my bills, my checks and everything so I really don't think that will be a problem." says Kelly Nall, a Texas A&M student.

Identity theft has no age limit, but college students seem to be more vulnerable to it because of their youth and inexperience.

Debra Dandridge, an Information Technology Assistant at A&M says college students are more likely to fall victim to these kind of scams and more willing to provide information, Dandridge adds, "They tend to be a little bit less questioning and a little bit more trusting and they really should, as all people should who are using the internet today should question everything that comes across the internet."

Some students on the Texas A&M campus say they probably don't take all of the proper precautions to keep from being a victim of identity theft.

One student, Lindsey Vybiral says "There's probably a lot of things we could do different that would prevent that but I think with the hectic college life, you don't ever think about stuff like that."

"If I don't keep it, I’ll rip it up into a couple different pieces before I throw it away. Take some kind of safety measure before I discard it." says Daniel Lehmkuhl, another A&M student.

There are a variety of ways identity theft can be done. ID theives can steal your bills right from your mailbox, they can dig in the trash or dumpster to find personal information. Identify theft can also occur on the Internet through cyber phishing scams

"Documents that have any kind of personal identifying information. I'll stress again--should be shredded not just torn up or thrown in the trash and not just put in separate trash bags but actually shredded so the information is difficult if not impossible to reconstruct." says Dandridge.

Identity theft is a rising problem. It’s currently the number one crime reported to the Federal Trade Commission. Being extra cautious, no matter what the age, could prevent you from becoming a victim.


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