IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SECURITY BREACH AT THE SC DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
AND WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF
The Governor’s Office, S.C. Department of Revenue, and law enforcement officials announced last week that approximately 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers have been exposed in a cyber-attack. If you’ve filed a SC tax return since 1998, you most likely have been affected, and you are being urged to take the following steps as soon as possible:
Step 1: Visit www.protectmyid.com/scdor. The activation code you need is: SCDOR123. Use this direct link, and do not go to this site’s main web page.
Step 2: If have other questions or need further assistance with activation, you may call 1-866-578-5422. The hours of operation are Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Eastern, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM Eastern (you may experience wait time if you call this number).
Experian’s ProtectMyID™ Alert is designed to detect, protect and resolve potential identity theft, and includes daily monitoring of all three credit bureaus. The alerts and daily monitoring services are provided free of charge to you for one year, and consumers will continue to have access to fraud resolution agents and services beyond the first year.
In the meantime, the SC Department of Consumer Affairs is advising that you also take additional steps to further protect your credit cards and credit rating:
1.) Place an initial fraud alert on your credit report. To place an initial fraud alert on your credit report, you only have to call one of the Credit Reporting Agencies (CRA,) and it will notify the other two. This is a FREE service. Once you place the alert, you will receive notice that you can get one free copy of your credit report from each of the Credit Reporting Agencies (CRAs).
** See Item #3 below
2.) Place a security freeze on your report. You must call each of the CRAs to do this. It is FREE to place, thaw, and lift the freeze for SC Residents. Once you place the freeze, you will receive a PIN number you can use to thaw or lift the freeze. Make sure to keep it in a safe place. You can place the freeze online at the addresses below or by calling the numbers listed in Item #3:
3.) The phone numbers are the same to place a fraud alert and to place a security freeze on your credit report:
4.) Perform these steps for any Social Security number you think might be affected. The fraud alert and security freeze are linked to your Social Security number, so each person in the household must place it separately.
5.) Remember to track your finances. Always review your banking statements as soon as you receive them. Also review your credit report regularly. You are entitled to a free credit report from each one of the three major credit reporting agencies annually. You can obtain your report by visiting http://www.annualcreditreport.com or calling 877-322-8228. Check your statements and credit report for unauthorized purchases/accounts and incorrect information.
6.) For more information on protecting against ID Theft, including information on placing a security freeze, visit our “Identity Theft Resources” webpage: http://www.consumer.sc.gov/consumer/IdentityTheft/Pages/default.aspx
Comaziam IT Solutions Ribbon Cutting
Comaxiam IT Solutions, LLC, will have a ribbon cutting and product launch at the corporate office in Columbia, SC on November 14, 2012. Located in Suite I-7 in the Benedict College Business Development Center, 2601 Read Street, Columbia, Comaxiam’s staff and Board of Directors invite the business community, all non-profit and profitable associations, churches and religious organizations, education and governmental bodies, and anyone who is interested in celebrating the official launch of our company and its products, to join us at 4 PM for refreshments and a brief presentation.
The Columbia office of Comaxiam is the executive branch of an international company, with offices in India, The Maldives, Sri Lanka, Dubai and Bahrain. The company is staffed with experienced marketing, design, software and technical professionals, and provides full service branding, graphic design and electronic communication and customized software to clients in many fields all over the world. We pride ourselves on being affordable to even the smallest client. At the ribbon cutting, we will launch our “Single Door Business Implementation”, an exciting new concept that begins with a custom-designed website you can easily change and manipulate yourself. The site framework is exceptionally friendly to all search engines, and already programmed to be mobile-device ready, with connections to all social media built right in.
Comaxiam-designed sites can accommodate a wide range of customized business modules that allow your business to do literally everything through this all-encompassing business portal.
The ultimate goal of Comaxiam IT Solutions is for companies to use our innovative software and framework to grow their business and bring internationally outsourced jobs back to South Carolina!
Please join us for our celebration! For information, contact one of the following people: Jill Gibson, 803-260-7013, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ty Patterson, 803-748-9988, email@example.com. For information about our many products, visit our website at www.comaxiam.com.