A Social Security card is displayed on a table. (File/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -
South Carolina's electric companies are urging customers in their bills to sign up for free credit monitoring following a massive security breach at the state's tax collection agency.
A spokesman for Gov. Nikki Haley said Friday notices sent via mail or email will reach 3.1 million households. Rob Godfrey says the state's publicly and privately owned utilities, as well as its 20 electric cooperatives, agreed to get the message out at no charge to the state.
The notices provide websites and phone numbers taxpayers need to sign up for services.
State officials say 3.6 million personal tax returns and up to 657,000 business filings dating to 1998 were compromised by an international hacker.
The state has set up 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. 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.
Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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