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Identity Theft

College students are at risk of identity theft because of the availability of their personal information and how they handle this data.  Indiana State University students know how important it is to protect identity.  Check out this video they created!



What is Identity Theft?

Identity theft is when a person uses your personal information, such as your birthday and Social Security Number, with the intent to commit fraud.

One of the most common types of identity theft occurs when someone opens up a new credit card account in your name.  Sometimes people may even take out a loan in your name.


How to Prevent Identity Theft

Protect your identity is very important.  The following are some suggestions you should keep in mind.

  • Do not carry your Social Security Card and your driver's license together in your wallet.
  • Shred pre-approved credit card offers before throwing them away.
  • Do not shop online or pay bills on a public computer.
  • Never give personal financial information or your Social Security number to anyone.
  • Limit the amount of personal information on social media; such as Facebook and Twitter.



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