Cheyney University’s Release of Personal Identification Information Puts Good Credit Standing of Thousands of Students at Risk

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A variety of things can happen, and they can happen very quickly in today's world because everything that's done is done at a very, very fast pace in electronic transfer and electronic communication

According to a local NBC report, a Cheyney University employee accidentally emailed the names, addresses and Social Security numbers of hundreds of students to their entire student body. In light of Cheyney University’s recent breach of its students’ personal identification information,’s Craig Kimmel, Esq. urges the college’s students to be proactive and contact their creditors immediately.

Kimmel, of the law firm of Kimmel & Silverman, which specializes in credit law, has helped safeguard the rights of consumers for nearly 25 years and says that Cheyney University students should immediately contact their creditors and the three credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and Transunion), to let them know of the breach.

“A variety of things can happen, and they happen very quickly in today’s world because everything that’s done is done at a very, very fast pace in electronic transfer and electronic communication,” Kimmel warns.

The University apologized to students after an e-mail late last month accidentally included a file of personal student data including Social Security numbers.

Kimmel urged the students to act quickly before the information could be misused.

Cheyney University says it is using a credit monitoring firm to prevent misuse of the information; however, there is no guarantee that the damage can be contained. The 240-page file contained names, addresses, and other personal data for 2,100 current and former students.

For more information on consumer protection law or how to protect yourself from identity theft, please call Craig Thor Kimmel, Esq. at 1-800-NOT-FAIR.


Craig Kimmel, Esquire
Co-founder, Managing Partner Kimmel & Silverman, P.C.
Since 1991, Kimmel & Silverman has fought for consumers.

Honored for its efforts by the American Bar Association (2002 Louis M. Brown Award For Public Access, Meritorious Recognition). Kimmel & Silverman has provided completely cost-free legal help to more than 75,000 consumers, often working with government officials to strengthen consumer statutes. The firms efforts have earned distinctions and awards, recognition as Super Lawyers by Law & Politics, and being named among Philadelphia Magazine's Best Law Firms in the Region among a few.

The firm and its attorneys have been featured on a regular basis in television, radio, magazine and newspaper stories bearing on consumer issues, including ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS & FOX affiliates across the nation; Good Morning America; Nightline; Fox & Friends, The CBS Early Show; Consumer Reports; the syndicated news program Extra; Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine; CNN; and USA Today.

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