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ITRC Solution 26
College Students and Identity Theft 

Nowadays, it’s not enough to send your college freshman to school with a laptop, cell phone, books and clean clothes.  A cross-cut shredder and a locking box large enough to hold a laptop, loaded with current computer security software, are equally important. These protective measures, while seemingly insignificant, are critical steps in protecting your teen’s belongings and personal identifying information.

It is also vital to arm them with information about identity theft, scams and other rip-offs they might encounter while living on their own for the first time.  The ITRC offers these tips for college students of all ages. 

For the College Student:

For the Parents:

Talk with your college-bound student about blogging, scams, and tricks con artists use to get Social Security numbers, bank account or credit account numbers and other private information including date and county of birth.  Identity thieves could use this information to create a new identity using the information given to them.


 

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