On Your Side: Birth Record Blunders

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

May 17, 2007

A new baby is one of life's greatest experiences. But in Georgia, it means now you could be at risk for identity theft.

This is a problem that could potentially affect nearly 300,000 parents around the state.

The Georgia Department of Public Health says a large batch of documents that had vital information on them from those parents was mistakenly not shredded.

Now, those folks might be at risk for identity theft.

The parents who could be affected had children in Georgia between April 1st, 2006 and March 16th, 2007.

There were 140,000 births during that time. So that means up to 280,000 people could be affected.

The documents had social security numbers on them for the parents, but did not include names or birth dates.

The documents were supposed to be shredded, but because of a staffing error, they were not.

Officials say there have been no reports of fraud so far, but it would be a good idea for those parents to check their credit reports.

To check your credit report you can contact one of the three credit bureaus by going to their websites, which are listed below:

  • Equifax
  • Transunion
  • Experian

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