Social Security Numbers In Library Books

Your social security number is a key to your identity. Add a name or signature and a thief can open accounts or worse at your expense. A Fact Finders investigation found several former college students faced that risk.

Fact Finders found five books with social security numbers on the check out card. All belong to Metropolitan Community College but shared for check out at Omaha libraries.

Fact Finders sued the social security numbers to track down two former Metro students. Rhoda Harris said, "its very scary and makes you want to check your credit to make sure there's nothing on there."

A security expert Nick Jasa of One Source said the social security numbers are a key to someone's identity lock. Jasa said, "I was able to get addresses, dates of birth and other personal information to take over that person's identity."

A Metro Community College Vice President said he's glad Fact Finders brought the issue to his attention. He said books have been purged over the years of student information but some older books may have been missed. Not any more.

Up until about 1989 social security numbers were used as student identification, as student wrote that on books check out cards.

Metro Board member and former Police Chief Tim Dempsey said the Fact Finders discovery of social security numbers is concerning but he's confident all libraries will be checked and that information removed.

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