Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- The Worst States for Identity Theft - We've covered the study by Javelin Strategy & Research on consumers losing $16.8 billion to identity fraud in 2017. A Secure Life breaks that study down by state.
- Here's a Checklist to Safeguard Against Identity Theft - Now that you know whether you live in a high risk state or not, here's some steps to minimize your fraud risk even further.
- Back to School Update on Identity Theft - Now that it's time to go back to college for the fall semester, make sure you are protected from identity theft.
- Washington County Pilots a New Program to Curb Underage Alcohol & Marijuana - Should 1st offenders be given an "education citation?"
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The silent crime, also known as identity theft was the second most common consumer complaint and over 88,000 young adults reported fraud in 2017 according to the Federal Trade Commission. And although the number of college students affected by identity theft increases year over year, few take precautions to prevent being victimized. BBB urges students to get in the habit of checking their credit and doing their research before signing any documents or purchasing items.
College Identity Theft a Growing Problem
The Skagit County WA Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with United General Hospital District 304, is changing the way the department handles underage alcohol and marijuana issues. Rather than writing a criminal citation when a minor is first caught with alcohol or marijuana, deputies can now issue an “education citation,” which keeps the minor out of the court system and instead in a class.