Identity theft involves representing others identity in order to perform illegal acts that can inflict considerable damage to the credit history of the person whose identity was used to perform identity theft. Recent surveys have demonstrated that people falling in the age category of 18-29 are most vulnerable to identity theft. This unlawful act has been a regular feature of college campuses.
There are some specific reasons for the flourishing of identity theft in college campuses. One of the major reasons is that college students are required to reveal their social security numbers for several purposes including receiving grades, registering for classes and securing housing records and other student files. Other primary reasons include neglect of credit card issues and ready availability of credit to college students.