Have you filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998? Then you may be at risk of identity fraud. The South Carolina
Department of Revenue announced Friday that approximately 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers have been exposed in
a cyber attack.
Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel, United States Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Michael Williams, South
Carolina Department of Revenue Director Jim Etter and State Inspector General Patrick Maley responded to news of the cyber attack with consumer safety
solutions during an afternoon press conference.
They said that anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 should take the following steps:
1. Call 1-866-578-5422 where you will enroll in a consumer protection service. The call center is open 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST
on Monday through Friday and 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM EST on Saturday and Sunday.
2. Then you will determine if you wish to have an online or US Mail alert mechanism.
3. For the online service, visit http://www.protectmyid.com/scdor.
For the US Mail service, you will receive notifications via the US mail.
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.