Up to 657,000 businesses may have had their identification data compromised during the recently-discovered breach in South Carolina’s tax agency, Governor Nikki Haley said Wednesday. In response, the governor announced that the credit information company Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. will soon offer a free lifetime credit monitoring service to all companies that filed taxes since 1998.
“This is the kindness of a company that sees that we are going through a crisis and they wanted to help,” Haley said. “We’re grateful for that… (I)n a time we’re talking about bad people… I think it says a lot that we still have good people out there.”
Beginning Friday morning at 8 a.m., affected business owners can go to DandB.com/sc to sign up for the service. The company will provide a CreditAlert product to any business that has filed taxes since 1998. The alert will inform them of any changes in their credit scores or ratings that could be a sign of fraudulent activity due to identity theft. You can also call its customer service at (800) 279-9881.
The governor said that the service by Dun & Bradstreet would have no cost for the state. The credit rating agency Experian is also offering a similar deal, according to the Governor’s Office spokesman Rob Godfrey.