BBB urges students to think about identity theft
CHICAGO — The Better Business Bureau says college students need to carefully protect their personal information because they are the most at-risk group for identity theft, according to recent surveys and information from the Federal Trade Commission.
People at the highest risk were those who have public social media profiles and smartphone users who don't have a password on their phones. College students fit that demographic perfectly because they fall in an age range which uses both social media and smartphones heavily. In 2011, 11.6 million adults became victims of identity theft, a 13 percent increase from 2010, according to the 2012 Identity Fraud Survey conducted by Javelin Strategy & Research.
"On college campuses, 'friendly fraud' accounts for more than 20 percent of all identity theft crimes," said Steve J. Bernas, president/CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. "Friends, roommates and classmates are all potential scammers."
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