Today is deadline for free credit protection

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South Carolina Department of Revenue

Today, March 31, is the deadline to register with Experian to receive free credit monitoring as a result of the breach at the state’s Department of Revenue in October.

The DOR data breach team has been working throughout the weekend to provide assistance for individuals to sign up for the free, one-year credit protection.

To enroll, individuals have the option to either go online by visiting protectmyid.com/scdor and entering the code SCDOR123, or by calling Experian’s ProtectMyID Customer Service at 1 (866) 578-5422, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

DOR’s Data Breach Assistance Team will also be available throughout the weekend to assist individuals with the enrollment process; the team can be reached at (803) 898-7638.

Individuals are encouraged to enroll online versus over the phone due to the easy process and time efficiency.

The S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs is recommending that taxpayers sign up. If you’ve filed income taxes in South Carolina, chances are you’ve been hacked.

So far, only about 1.4 million of the 3.8 million taxpayers who were hacked have signed up.

The DOR sent notification letters to the taxpayers whose personal information was compromised.

According to the DOR, as many as 60 people say their identity was compromised as a result of the hack last fall.

While the cases haven’t been verified, officials are encouraging South Carolinians to take steps to protect themselves. The enrollment provides a free credit report, monitoring, fraud resolution, and $1 million in identity theft insurance to cover certain costs if compromised.

Carri Grube Lybarker, administrator for the Department of Consumer Affairs, also encourages consumers to consider putting a free, 90-day fraud alert on their credit report, and a free credit freeze.

A fraud alert tells creditors to follow certain procedures, including contacting you, before they open any new accounts or change your existing accounts. For that reason, placing a fraud alert can protect you, but also may delay you when you seek to obtain credit.