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More College Kids Becoming Targets for Identity Theft

Updated: Wednesday, August 27 2014, 07:05 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia) -- The course schedules have been made and dormitories assigned, but one thing college students may still need to figure out is how to keep from having their identities stolen as they are moving in. According to the Federal Trade Commission, people ages 20 to 29 account for 20 percent of the identity theft victims. Students are among the nation's most vulnerable to the cyber criminals.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said this is the first time the students have really had control of everything themselves, they are taking care of their own finances, so precautions need to be taken. "College students move a lot, at least twice a year they are going back home so any documents could be left behind, be trashed that someone could pick up," said DeWine.

The experts also caution against using WiFi in public places, something there are a lot of on campuses. "Don't do anything that involves your credit, bank accounts, social security numbers, when you are on a public WiFi," said DeWine.

While the Attorney General's office has a special unit to help people who are experiencing identity theft issues, they tell families to check to make sure you don't have a problem. "College students usually don't check their credit, but you have the right to check your credit that way you can see if someone has stolen your identify," said DeWine.

Dawn Pickens, a senior at OSU from Westerville said most students don't think identity theft will happen to them. "I think it's bad, but they know it's an easier target so they go for it," said Pickens about the cyber thefts. Her friend Jackie Russell, a junior said "we are more concerned about our studies, our jobs and our future, not necessarily what is going on at that point in time around us."More College Kids Becoming Targets for Identity Theft
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