GREENSBORO, NC -- The state spent thousands of dollars mailing out a second batch of Medicaid cards because the first batch got mailed to the wrong people.
A computer glitch caused 49,000 cards with kid's personal information to be mailed to strangers. Attorney General Roy Cooper warned the mix up could lead to ID theft and advised the Medicaid parents check their child's credit report.
In fact, the AG recommends ALL parents check their child's report. A friend of mine did and was surprised to hear the bureaus don't usually track minors and her child didn't have a report. So 2WTK asked Cooper about it.
"It's a good thing if your child does not have a credit report because that means no one is using their information and trying to get credit cards and loans. It's not unusual for a child to not have a credit report."
The AG believes every parent should check to see if their child has a credit report each year. If you don't a thief can use their identity for years, rack up debt and then you're left to unravel the mess.
The AG says there are other indications your child's identity has been stolen: If they get bills in the mail, you get calls or letters saying your child owes money, if your child is turned down for government benefits because of their own income.
Consumer Specialists at the AG's office can help you or or child if they are a victim of ID Theft. You can call 1-877-5-NOSCAM or check out theNC Department of Justice website.
Check out the WEB EXTRA: NC AG Interview about identity theft & giving out your social security number.