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Deadline For Free Identity Protection Approaching South Carolina Residents

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The deadline to enroll in identification protection for anyone who has filed taxes in the state of South Carolina since 1998 is approaching.

Beginning at midnight Sunday, residents and taxpayers who have not enrolled in Experian's ProtectMyID program will no longer be able to. The opportunity came about after South Carolina officials revealed last October that the state's Department of Revenue was the victim of a cyber-attack last September. Approximately 4.5 million individuals and taxpayers were compromised, many of whom have already been notified that their information was compromised.

As a result of the security breach, state officials made arrangements for anyone who has filed tax returns since 1998 to receive one year of free identity protection.   To enroll people need to go to the website by clicking here. You will need to enter the Authorization code SCDOR123 and proceed further.

Anyone wishing to sign up by phone are asked to call 1-866-578-5422 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday night. Department of Revenue officials say that their Data Breach Assistance Team will also be available for assistance throughout the weekend and can be reached at (803) 898-7638.

A family secure deadline of May 31, 2013, has been established for people who claimed minors as dependents during the timeframe.

If you missed the deadline there are still ways you can keep an eye on your finances. 

7 On Your Side found some other options that can help keep you safe for free.

The Department of Consumer Affairs tells us you can add a fraud alert on your credit report and you'll be contacted before a new account can be opened. You can also add a security freeze will stop someone from opening an account in your name.

Officials said you should always monitor your bank statements and check your credit report often for any suspicious activity.

 

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