BBB teaches best back-to-school lesson: How students can avoid identity theft


College students have enough to worry about without falling prey to scammers looking to steal their identities and good credit.

"Identity thieves don't care if you're a struggling student and don't have a penny to your name; sometimes all they want is to exploit your clean credit record," says Angie Barnett, president and CEO of the Greater Maryland Better Business Bureau. "Young adults that establish good habits for monitoring and detecting fraud are laying a path that will help create a healthy financial road for the rest of their lives."

A report on fraud showed that college students are the slowest to catch identity theft.

The National Consumers League and the Better Business Bureau have each put together some tips to keep your identity safe and get through the semester.