Governor Nikki Haley says taxpayers affected by the South Carolina Department of Revenue information security breach who claim minors as dependents have begun receiving notification from Experian, the national identity theft protection company hired by the state. Experian is contacting families by email or letter with instructions about how to sign up for Experian’s Family Secure identity monitoring service free of charge for one year.
“We continue to work with law enforcement, legislators and great corporate citizens like Experian to ensure that South Carolina taxpayers have the very best protection available,” says Gov. Haley.
According to the governor’s office, Experian began notifying individuals by email or letter Thursday, November 29. Notifications will be staggered over the next few weeks so South Carolina taxpayers should not be concerned if they do not receive a notice right away.
To enroll a minor dependent with “Family Secure,” an individual must already be enrolled in Experian’s ProtectMyID and have the minor dependent’s Social Security number, name and date of birth, and must be the minor’s legal parent or guardian.
Family Secure monitors children’s personal information for the existence of a credit file and sends alerts if suspicious activity or signs of identity theft are detected. For minors who have a credit history, Experian will regularly monitor the minor’s credit file to see if any credit, loan, or similar account is opened in the minor’s name. For minors who do not have a credit history, Experian will regularly monitor the minor’s personal information (name, address, date of birth and Social Security number) to see if any credit file is created in the minor’s name.
Experian’s can be reached at 1-866-578-5422 to enroll in a consumer protection service or go online at http://www.protectmyid.com/scdor. Enter the code SCDOR123 when prompted. South Carolina taxpayers have until the end of January, 2013 to sign up.