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College Students at Risk of Identity Theft

August 14, 2018 - 8:49 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - If your college student's identity is stolen, it might take years for him or her to catch on. Chris Thetford of the Better Business Bureau says students typically have good credit ratings and don't pay much attention, making them fraudster favorites.

“One of the most common routes for id theft is people having access to information, particularly in people’s homes which would correspond to dorm rooms. You want to keep important things put away, things that have information like your social security number and your date of birth so that people can’t take those,” he says.

If mailboxes aren't secure, have important documents sent to the home address, not the dorm, and do a credit check at least once a year to make sure no one is setting up accounts in your student's name.