BBB Finds College Age Adults at High Risk for Identity Theft

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New information provided by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has shown that adults from the ages of 20 through 29 are at a high risk of suffering identity theft. Specifically, persons in this age group accounted for 23 percent of the total amount of I.D. theft victims in 2011, greater than any other 10-year age range, according to OAOnline.com. In total, there were 56,689 identity theft victims ranging from age 20 to 29 in the year 2011. But what makes this group so susceptible to identity theft? Among possible reasons, the busy lives of those in this age range, due to managing work, social life, and school, can make them careless with their personal information. Additionally, many share housing, leaving them more vulnerable to others being able to access their personal information. Friendly fraud, which is fraud perpetrated by people the victim knows, is especially common for victims between the ages of 20 and 29. This can occur when a roommate steals credit card information, credit statements, or other information. To prevent against identity theft, young adults should make sure to securely store and dispose of important documents to prevent others living in close proximity from accessing the information. Additionally, they should not give credit or debit cards to anyone and should regularly check bank statements and credit reports for unusual activity. For those suffering from the effects of identity theft, legal counsel can provide the help needed to recover from losses and put an end to any theft-caused debts. San Bernardino I.D. theft victim lawyer Howard D. Silver is dedicated to defending victims’ rights and helping them get their lives back on track after devastating theft. For a free consultation about your case, call the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver today at (855) 341-2611.

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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