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Identity thieves focusing on college students

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    Tips to prevent identity theft on college campuses

    Tuesday, August 4 2015 8:36 AM EDT2015-08-04 12:36:02 GMT
    Tuesday, August 4 2015 6:05 PM EDT2015-08-04 22:05:22 GMT
    Fighting fraud is not likely a college student's top priority as they head back to school, but it's something they will want to watch out for throughout the year.
    Fighting fraud is not likely a college student's top priority as they head back to school, but it's something they will want to watch out for throughout the year.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

According to researchers, identity thieves focus their attention on college students since they're least worried about their credit.  

Southeast Missouri State University student, Cody Smith, said he has never even thought of checking his report until we brought it to his attention.

"I never have to before, I never saw any reason to really," he said 

He said his parents check their reports, but never told him about the importance of it.

"I know they check theirs and keep track of theirs, but they never told me to check mine for any reason," Smith said.

Smith also said he wouldn't even know what is on his credit report.So, we told him to check out a free online credit check website and he decided to check it out. 

Luckily, nothing out of ordinary, but Smith said he encourages all students to pull their own reports. 

"Looking at how detailed this is, I would really recommend it for them to check so they can know where they stand," he said.

Smith's report may have been good, but the same can't be said for the some other college students.

According to a Javelin Strategy and Research study, identity theft costs people between the ages of 18 and 24 on average $1,156. 

That's five-times more than the amount lost by other age groups.

Southeast Financial Counselor, Rosalyn Miller, said learning about the importance of credit reports starts at home.

"It's really important for parents to be on top of it also to help their students get that good foundation to have a good financial future," she said.

Miller also said its very importance to start checking it before it too late.

"If I don't check it then its not really happening," she said. "But it's a lot better to check your credit report so it doesn't snowball."

Some free credit places you can find out your score is on CreditKarma.com or by checking with your banking provider, most of them give credit scores to their customers when requested.

You can click here for some tips on preventing identity theft on college campuses.

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