Identity Theft

What is identity theft?  According to the US Department of Justice, “Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.”  Each year, millions of people (including students) are victims of identity theft.  However, there are steps you can take to make yourself less likely to be a target.  It is strongly encouraged to take the time and find out to common ways that criminals can collect your information to help protect yourself.

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