FTC: Young people are frequent identity theft victims
PORTLAND (WGME) – Federal investigators say thieves are intentionally targeting young people because it can be years before the crime is detected.
For college students, there's a lot to think about, and being the target of identity theft may not be at the top of that list.
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that those between the ages of 20 and 29 are among the most frequent victims of identity theft, adding up to about 18 percent of all identity theft complaints.
Experts say college students aren't as worried about the threat as they should be and are often more careless with personal and private information like social security numbers.
Thieves can then use that stolen information to get things like credit cards, cell phones, or even a mortgage.
Consumer advocates say everyone should protect personal information like social security numbers and dates of birth.
In Maine, a change to state law in October 2015 gives consumers a new tool to fight back, you can put a security freeze on your child's credit, or your own, for free.
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