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Tips For College Students To Avoid I.D. Theft

North Central Texas Better Business Bureau recommends college-bound students take the following steps to fight identity theft on campus:

  • Update your smartphone's operating system, and protect your home screen with a password. This is to prevent hackers from accessing your devices remotely.

 

  • Send sensitive mail to your parents' home or a post office box. School mailboxes are not always secure and often can be accessed easily in a dorm or apartment.

 

  • Important documents should be stored under lock and key. This includes your Social Security card, passport and bank and credit card statements.

 

  • Never lend your credit or debit card to anyone. Just say no if your friend wants to borrow your card or asks you to co-sign for a loan or financing for items like a TV.

 

  • Make sure your computer has up-to-date antivirus and spyware software. Always install any updates and patches to your computer's operating system or browser software.

 

  • Always check your credit or debit card statements closely for any suspicious activity. The sooner you identify any potential fraud, the less you'll suffer in the long run.

 

  • Check out unfamiliar websites with the BBB. Look for the BBB Accredited Business seal along with other trust seals; click on the seals to confirm that they are legitimate.
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