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South Carolina taxpayers now have more time to sign up for free credit monitoring in the wake of the massive data breach announced a few months ago.
Gov. Nikki Haley’s office announced Dec. 21 that anyone who’s filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 has until March 31, 2013, to register for the service, which is provided by the company Experian.
The deadline for registration had been Jan. 31.
In late October, state officials announced that the S.C. Department of Revenue was hacked and, as a result, more than 3.8 million Social Security numbers and more than 385,000 credit and debit card numbers were exposed. Information from up to 657,000 businesses was also exposed.
Despite pressure from some state lawmakers, officials still haven’t released info specifying how the breach occurred.
Haley said taxpayers affected by the breach who claim minors as dependents have begun receiving notification by Experian. The notifications – either via e-mail or letter – give instructions about how to sign up for the company’s Family Secure identity-monitoring service, which is free of charge for a year.
Taxpayers are urged to visit protectmyid.com/scdor or call 1-866-578-5422 to determine if their information is affected. The taxpayer can immediately enroll in one year of free identity-protection service provided by Experian.
The call center is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. is offering CreditAlert to South Carolina businesses that have filed a tax return since 1998. The product will alert customers to changes taking place in their business credit file.
Business owners can visit www.dandb.com/sc/ or call customer service toll free at 1-800-279-9881 to register or for more information.
South Carolina businesses can sign up for Business Credit Advantage at www.smartbusinessreports.com/SouthCarolina.
Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152