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13 Aug 2006

Identity theft advice to students

The (US) Office of Inspector General offers sound advice to students and prospective students about identity theft scams targeting them. A typical example is a phone call to a prospective student asking them for their banking information 'in order to process an application fee'. Students seldom have much money but fraudsters can obtain credit in their names and rack up bigger bills quicker than even the most profligate party animals. [This story was brought to my attention by the latest RISKS newsgroup digest, referencing a news article from Stanford University.]
More on identity theft here

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