Personal info of 600 Queens University of Charlotte students emailed to peers

September 18, 2007
What happened? More than 600 students at Queens University in Charlotte had their personal information mistakenly emailed to fellow students last week.

What types of personal information? Names, addresses, student ID numbers and Social Security numbers were sent via email to other students.

Details: An email from the university’s Office of Student Financial Services, informing 623 students that they might be eligible for additional financial aid, inadvertently contained a file containing the personal information.

What was the response? The university notified students by email, U.S. mail and phone call.

The university has contracted with a fraud- and credit-monitoring service for the next 12 months.

Students will receive emailed alerts on changes to credit reports and $10,000 insurance against identity theft.

Fraud restitution representatives will be made available to students in the case of identity theft.

Source: The Charlotte Observer, Sept. 18, “Personal info mistakenly released
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