On Friday, October 26, it was reported that an attacker nabbed a South Carolina Department of Revenue database, which contained 387,000 credit card numbers and 3.6 million social security numbers. The department stated that all but 16,000 credit cards were encrypted. Residents who filed a tax return from 1998 until now are being urged to call the department to check if they have been affected.
Here are steps you and your employees can take to have your credit monitored. State residents have until January 31, 2013 to sign up for the free monitoring:
- Call the SC Department of Revenue at (866) 578-5422 where you can enroll in a consumer protection service. The hours of operation are Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Eastern, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM Eastern.
- Go to www.protectmyID.com/scdor and enter the code SCDOR123
- Call the SC Department of Consumer Affairs Department at (800) 922-1594 and request a freeze on your credit records