SC Hacked: What You Should Do Now

Step-by-step ways to protect your identity


By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S. C. (WOLO) -- ABC Columbia News has information from state officials on the best ways to safeguard your personal information in the midst of a statewide hacking incident that is affecting nearly every South Carolina resident who filed his/her income tax returns in the state since 1998.

Anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 is urged to visit or call 1- 866-578-5422 to determine if their information is affected. If so, the taxpayer can immediately enroll in one year of identity protection service provided by Experian.

Experian’s ProtectMyID™ Alert is designed to detect, protect and resolve potential identity theft, and includes daily monitoring of all three credit bureaus. The alerts and daily monitoring services are provided for one year, and consumers will continue to have access to fraud resolution agents and services beyond the first year.

In addition to the Experian service, state officials urged individuals to consider additional steps to protect their identity and financial information, including:

· Regularly review credit reports;

· Place fraud alerts with the three credit bureaus;

· Place a security freeze on financial and credit information with the three credit bureaus.

If credit card information is compromised, the best protection is to have the bank reissue the card.

Anyone who has used a credit card in a transaction with the Department of Revenue should check bank accounts regularly to see if any unauthorized charges have occurred.

If so, the cardholder should contact the credit card issuer immediately by calling the toll-free number located on the back of the card or on a monthly statement, tell them what you have seen, and ask them to cancel and reissue the card.

Consumers should also change any credit card web account passwords immediately when unauthorized charges are detected.

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Mar 30 at 3:40 PM

I am trying to sign up for the "free" protection. but have not found it, there is always a charge.

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SuezBanal said on Saturday, Nov 17 at 5:17 PM

I wonder if this is a scam....or a massive sales pitch to "sign up" with this company?

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suecampbell said on Friday, Nov 9 at 7:43 PM

have tried to access this has not worked, guess i'm still screwed

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kk said on Thursday, Nov 1 at 10:51 AM

Was only able to register one SS number, need to register entire family? How do I do that. I was finally able to activate after I clicked on activate as opposed to entering it with my "enter" key. Use your mouse.

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carl acker said on Thursday, Nov 1 at 3:49 AM

Trying to sign up for protectmyid is like trying to urinate in a full body cast

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dani said on Wednesday, Oct 31 at 4:18 PM

The activation code is scdor123.

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boisbs said on Wednesday, Oct 31 at 1:57 PM

Quit filing taxes with your ssi number and dob. Simple way out.

Inappropriate? Alert Us! said on Tuesday, Oct 30 at 11:32 PM

Not able to connect with the free without a monthltly or yearly payment. Information is misleading when stated that protection is free.

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Anonymous said on Tuesday, Oct 30 at 12:14 PM

The link in this article for is not working. Please advise.

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need more info said on Tuesday, Oct 30 at 9:36 AM

what is the code to activate free link does not work

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