South Carolina taxpayers have two more months to sign up for free fraud resolution assistance in the wake of the tax agency security breach.
Officials with Gov. Nikki Haley's office announced Friday that taxpayers have until March 31 to sign up for a year of free credit monitoring and unlimited fraud resolution, provided by Experian. The previous deadline was Jan. 31.
State officials announced Oct. 26 that 3.6 million Social Security numbers were accessed by a hacker along with bank account information, credit card numbers and businesses' tax information. As more reports came out in the wake of the investigation, Haley said a total of 5.7 million Social Security numbers were stolen.
The state recommended that anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 sign up for the Experian ProctectMyID Alert program. To sign up, taxpayers can enroll over the phone by calling 1-866-578-5422 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the weekend.
Those wanting to sign up online can visit protectmyid.com/scdor and enter the code SCDOR123 when prompted. Businesses can also check credit reports and scores through Experian here.
As of Dec. 20, there have been 957,575 signups for Experian's ProtectMyID program. Additionally, those looking to sign up to protect their children and dependents through the "Family Secure Plan" have been notified by mail or email.
For businesses affected by the massive security breach, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp is offering a CreditAlert product. Business owners can visit dandb.com/sc/ or they can call customer service toll free at 1-800-279-9881 for more information.
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