PrivacyGuard Provides Tips for College Students to Protect and Detect Identity Theft
Stamford, Conn., September 7, 2011 - PrivacyGuard, a leading identity theft protection service from Affinion, announced today a list of tips for college students to help prevent identity theft. According to Javelin Research & Strategy, "Millennials," ages 18-24, have historically taken longer to detect fraudulent activity, and therefore, PrivacyGuard believes, been more likely than other age groups to be severely impacted when they are victims of identity theft.
College students are especially attractive targets for identity thieves because they have unblemished credit records, making it easier for thieves to take out loans in their name. Additionally, many students may not realize the potential for fraud and do not guard personal information as closely as they should. Students' Social Security Numbers may be listed on everything from dorm identification cards to report cards, making it easy for this information to fall into the hands of thieves. Universities and colleges have also come under attack from hackers in recent years as the value of the information they store has been recognized.
"Our hope is that college students everywhere have a productive and fun experience, one that is not marred by the potentially serious issue of identity theft," said Christine El Eris, Director of PrivacyGuard. "In addition to having the option to protect themselves through services like PrivacyGuard, there are also some simple steps that students can take to minimize their risk."
Tips for College Students on How to Avoid Identity Theft
PrivacyGuard is a comprehensive credit reporting, credit monitoring and identity theft protection service that helps you maintain control over your most critical information. Combining state-of-the-art credit protection and reporting with superior customer service, PrivacyGuard offers the comprehensive tools and support needed to help secure your life. A product of the Affinion Security Center, PrivacyGuard is endorsed by top identity theft expert, noted author and government consultant Frank Abagnale. For more information on PrivacyGuard and its industry-leading services, please visit privacyguard.com.
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