Don't fall for Internet scams
Sept. 1, 2009
KALAMAZOO--More than 9 million Americans will have their identities stolen this year. Western Michigan University wants to make sure you're not one of them.
Personal security is an afterthought for many college students. In a recent survey conducted by the Identity Theft Resource Center, only 21 percent of college students said they were concerned about having their identities stolen. Yet the 18-29 year-old age bracket continues to account for almost 30 percent of all identity theft complaints.
There are many tactics used for stealing personal information. Thieves rummage through trash looking for bills and papers that contain personal information. They steal credit card numbers, mail, purses and wallets. More recently, they've put the Internet to work for them, using electronic data breaches, computer viruses, phishing and Internet scams to siphon billions of dollars each year from unsuspecting, ordinary people just like you.
You can avoid falling victim to identity theft and other Internet scams by protecting your personal information and following these guidelines for safe online communication.
If you receive a questionable e-mail message, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org, then delete it immediately, advises Thom Myers, WMU director of electronic communication.
Media contact: Tonya Durlach, (269) 387-8400, email@example.com