Anyone - including students at college - can be vulnerable to identity theft, said Carol Young, Kansas State University Research and Extension family financial management specialist.

Americans need to be cautious about identity theft and know how to protect themselves, she said. To reduce the risks, "Go over your bills and bank statements carefully every month to make sure that there is nothing suspicious," Young said. "Track your spending so that you can know when items you didn't buy are being charged to your account."

More information on managing money successfully is available at local K-State Research and Extension offices and on Extension's Web site: www.oznet.ksu.edu. (Click on "Home, Family and Youth" and search for "Basic Money Management.")


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