Ask most college students and they’re well aware that identity theft happens. Few are surprised that 20-somethings are the most likely to have their identities stolen.
According to the Better Business Bureau, 21 percent of all thefts in 2012 happened to people ages 20 to 29.
"It doesn't really surprise me, but it is kind of frightening to think about it because you never know what's going to happen," Virginia Lennon, a local student, said.
Most young people are targeted because their credit is squeaky clean.
"It is very important that they keep that secure," said Erin Dufner, of the Better Business Bureau.
Even after graduation, it’s important to be vigilant.
The BBB suggests young people secure their important stuff documents. Leave your social security card and passport at home.
"If you can, have your personal mail delivered directly to your parents home, not necessarily in a dorm room because it may not be as secure," Dufner said.
Stay safe at the ATM and online by only using reputable services. The BBB recommends using a credit card for online purchases instead of a debit card, because it’s easier to fight theft through credit card companies.
Finally, keep your information to yourself. Never share your pin codes and passwords, even with friends.
"Eventually that can travel somewhere you can't trust anyone," said Pooja Panda, another student.
"I don't really think about stuff like that, I just know I have a debit card and assume it’s going to work for me," Jonathan Harper, a student.
But thinking about it is one step closer to adult life.
The BBB also advises checking your credit score once a year.
If you want to be proactive against identity theft there are protective services you can enroll in to help monitor your account.
Visit bbb.org for more information.