NC School Mails Student Social Security Numbers

Officials at a North Carolina school district are blaming a programming error for mailing 5,000 postcards with student Social Security numbers printed on them.

WRAL-TV reports the postcards were mailed to parents across the Wake County district with their children's' Social Security numbers printed on the address labels. The cards were mailed Tuesday and have been arriving at homes throughout the week.

A spokesman for the school district said the students were in middle school and high school. The error was a result of a system no longer in place which uses Social Security numbers as student ID numbers.

The school is offering affected families a year of free credit report checks at a value of $20 per family.

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