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July 27, 2017
Financial Safety Tips for College Students

Back to School season is quickly approaching.  College students are off to explore new opportunities of studying hard, staying focused, and making new friends.  While many of those opportunities will lead to bright futures; there are some that college students should remain wary of—especially when it comes to offering up their bank account or personal information.

The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and Bank of Labor warn college students to be aware of bad actors and unlawful activity on and off campus and offer the following financial safety tips:

  • If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • If you’re offered a job over the Internet, it’s probably a scam. Always meet potential employers in person, and never exchange bank account information with an employer you meet on social media websites, such as babysitting or lawn-care services.
  • Make sure your cell phone has a passcode.
  • Don’t share usernames and passwords.
  • When using public computers, don’t use “auto-fill” features on websites or save passwords.
  • When logging into online banking or other sites that display sensitive information, ensure “https:” is displayed in the address bar, especially on a public computer.
  • Read the fine print—this might seem time–consuming, but it could potentially save you hundreds and potentially thousands of dollars in the long run.
  • Secure essential and important documents, such as Social Security cards, licenses, financial papers and bank account information.
  • If you suspect that your personal and/or bank account information has been compromised, notify Bank of Labor immediately at (913) 321-4242.
  • Additional information about protecting personal information and online safety is available through the StaySafeOnline.org website.