Survey: 18- to 24-year-olds most at risk for ID theft
By Steve Ramos, Reporter
May 22, 2013, 16:04
Two weeks after Amy Dietzman moved to Dumas, the bank account she thought had a balance of a couple of thousand dollars was empty. Someone had stolen her account information and bought computer games, DVDs and other items with her money.
"I never thought about protecting my information on the computer," said Dietzman, 22, who moved to Dumas to be with her boyfriend. "I had used my debit card to buy some things online, and it turns out that's how the people got access to my information and cleaned out my account."
Dietzman is part of the age group, 18- to 24-year-olds, most at risk for identity theft, according to a recent survey by Javelin Strategy and Research. Most people expect seniors to be the likely targets, but an increasing number of younger people are the victims.
"The people in that age range are so digitally oriented," said Howard Clark, a money expert for HLN, on his blog. "They put the details of their life out on the web repeatedly, without any real safeguards, and because people in that age group tend to move a lot, tend to be in different career and education settings, they lose track of the fact that somebody may have seized their identity."
Dietzman said she, like her friends, constantly update their timelines on the various social network websites they use such as Facebook, giving thieves a lot of information they can use to steal their identities. Young people are often careless with their personal information, which helps put a bull's-eye on their bank accounts.
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