Gov. Nikki Haley has directed her Cabinet to come up with creative ways to help South Carolina residents sign up for a credit monitoring service offered through the state.
The Republican governor gave directors of her 16 Cabinet agencies until Tuesday to submit their ideas, which state attorneys will review for privacy concerns.
The state is offering a year of the Experian service ProtectMyID after an international computer hacker accessed millions of Social Security numbers and business records from the state's tax collection agency.
The service includes a year of daily monitoring of the three credit bureaus and a lifetime of over-the-phone help on resolving identity theft after it happens. Haley says she wishes she had such help through the process when her identity was stolen years ago.
People are asked to visit protectmyid.com/scdor and enter code SCDOR123 or call 1-866-578-5422 to determine if their Social Security number was accessed.
Haley said Wednesday that Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp. will offer free credit-monitoring service to any businesses affected by the hacking case. She said the businesses can sign up for the service at dandb.com/sc or by calling 800-279-9881 beginning at 8 a.m. Friday.
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