College students represent a tasty target for identity thieves because they literally live online, operating in an open environment where there are multiple points of vulnerability on fairly unsecured college networks.
College students are prime targets for identity thieves. They are busy and distracted, and rarely are actively engaged in managing their credit. And they are usually required to fill out a flurry of paperwork as school begins that includes the most sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers. In addition to financial aid, enrollment forms or rental documents, many will encounter credit card applications for the first time, not to mention creation of various computer accounts and passwords that are likely to follow them around for a lifetime.