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Students warned of identity fraud

December 13, 2003

Federal education officials are warning college students to watch out for identity theft amid concern that it could land young adults in huge debt.

Education Department leaders today unveiled a Web site, www.ed.gov/misused, that offers advice on how to prevent identity theft - the stealing of personal information - and how to respond to it.

The department has created several ways for people to report trouble, including a hot line, 1-800-MIS-USED, and an e-mail address, oig.hotline@ed.gov.

College students are particularly vulnerable, the department says, because of the many ways they share Social Security numbers or other personal information, such as in applying for credit cards and loans, buying items online or having their course grades posted by professors.

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