Why Are Fraudsters Targeting College Students?

As summer starts winding down, there is uncertainty what “back to school” will look like this fall in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The news is continuously developing around whether students will be back in the classrooms, participating online, or doing a hybrid of the two. Either way, students will get back to learning, and as young adults go off to college it may open more than their minds to new ideas and doors to new opportunities; college may also open their eyes to issues often overlooked: experiencing identity theft and fraud. The 20 to 29 age group is most affected by identity theft, representing 33 percent of victims according to a 2019 Federal Trade Commission report.

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Avoid an Identity Crisis: 6 Ways College Students Can Be Money and Identity Smart


Outwitting Identity Thieves from the Start

Welcome to our new blog series, “Outwitting Identity Thieves from the Start.” This series will focus on the lesser-known financial pitfalls faced by those just starting out. I’ll be sharing my personal advice on how to effectively thwart any potential financial threats that these new life experiences may bring.

This week, we’re focusing on shaping money-wise young professionals. We’ll begin by investigating the issues that current and incoming college students might not have on their radar. Continue reading

364,000 Exposed in Bizarre Auburn University Data Breach

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What Happened?

On April 3, Auburn University confirmed a data breach impacting 364,012 individuals. The incident occurred when personal information of students, applicants and even non-applicants was accidently made viewable to anyone online.

The names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers and academic information of these individuals were published from September 2014 until March 2, 2015. Auburn University says it is “unaware of any attempted or actual misuse” of this personal information. Continue reading