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Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft and a South Carolina Cyber-attack Update


In October, the South Carolina Department of Revenue database was hacked. Approximately 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers were exposed in this cyber-attack and at least 657,000 South Carolina businesses were also affected. Anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 may have been affected. Please visit this website for a listing of frequently asked questions that provides additional useful information.

In response to this breach, South Carolina has provided a free 1-year identity theft protection subscription. Instructions to register for the protection are outlined on the South Carolina Department of Revenue Website. Although the message specifically mentions South Carolina residents, we have confirmed that the service from Experian is also extended to nonresidents who have filed a South Carolina tax return between 1998 and the present. Individuals have until January 31, 2013, to enroll in this free offer.

South Carolina is also providing 1-year of access to Experian, along with change alerts to businesses affected by the recent data loss. Please visit smartbusinessreports.com/southcarolina to register and receive an access code. Businesses have until January 31, 2013 to redeem the access code.

Additionally, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. will offer South Carolina businesses who have filed a tax return since 1998 a complimentary Credit Alert product, which will alert businesses to changes to their D&B scores and ratings. Please visit dandb.com/sc or call 1-800-279-9881 for more information.

We will try to provide additional information if it becomes available. Please let us know if you have any questions.