With the massive amounts of information colleges now require–and store–from students, identity theft has become an unfortunately common occurrence.
Eugene Spafford, executive director of CERIAS, said people in this age group are targets for identity theft because they don't have much of an established record.
"Students have a tendency to give away more information than they probably should," he said. "They don't often do things that would lead them to discover that something has happened, such as getting a credit report or trying to open a new account."
Sgt. Troy Harris from the Detective Division of the West Lafayette Police said college students are also at risk because they are less cautious with their personal information.
"Some people don't think about it a whole lot, but it's getting more common that people at that age are starting to realize they need to be more careful," he said.
What do you do to prevent identity theft? Do you believe you have the right to refuse when your college requests sensitive information?
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