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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Page 10 Tips for Colleg Students to Dodge ID Theft and Fraud Two New Schemes Target Campuses, Former Students Campuses nationwide are bustling again, as students have returned to begin - or resume - their collegiate studies. Though many col- lege students are too busy to worry about fraud, they are among the most vulnerable to identity theft. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) offers simple steps students can take to protect themselves from identity theft on campus, and warns of two new schemes targeting students and former students. Studies have shown that college students are among the most-targeted group for identity theft and also the least likely to detect identity fraud themselves. The 2015 Identity Fraud Study by Javelin Strategy and Research revealed that 22 percent of college students were notified that they were a victim of identity fraud either by a debt collector or when they were denied credit, three times higher than average fraud victims. BBB recommends that col- lege students take the follow- ing steps to keep their identi- ty secure on campus: *Have sensitive mail sent to a permanent address such as your parents' home or a PO Box. School mailboxes are not always secure and can often be easily accessed in a dorm or shared apartment. *Store important docu- ments under lock and key, such as a filing cabinet or personal safe. This includes your Social Security card, passport and bank and credit card statements. Shred paper documents that have sensitive financial information rather than just tossing them into the garbage. Also, be sure to shred unwanted credit card offers. *Never loan your credit or debit card to anyone, even if they're your roommate or a close friend. And just say no if a friend asks you to co-sign for a loan or fmancing for goods like a TV or new com- puter. *Make sure your computer has up-to-date antivirus and anti-spyware software. Always install any updates and patches to your comput- er's operating system or browser software which help keep your computer safe from online identity thieves. *Check your credit or debit card statements closely for any suspicious activity. Report any suspicious activi- ty immediately. *When shopping on unfa- miliar websites, always research the company for free at bbb.org . *Check your credit report at least once a year with all three reporting bureaus for any suspicious activity or inaccuracies. You can do this for free by visiting annualcre- ditreport.com New Seams Targeting Students In addition to these tips, BBB also wants to make col- lege students aware of two newer schemes targeting them. One involves calls peo- ple are receiving claiming unpaid taxes are owed on col- lege tuition. In some cases, the callers have detailed information on potential vic- tims. BBB reminds students - former and Current - that tuition fees are not taxed by the government. BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota also recently received a report from a for- mer student who received a phone call from someone claiming to be with the gov- ernment. The caller recited detailed personal information they had gathered through unknown means, asking the recipient to confirm the infor- mation - including the former student's home address, county, and the university they had attended. 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