The Governor’s Office announced Friday that most of the South Carolina’s major public and private utilities and 20 electric cooperatives have agreed to notify their customers about the data breach. That means more than 3.1 million customers across the state will get notices to sign up for free credit monitoring to help protect them from identity theft.
The 12-month credit monitoring program (and lifetime credit protection without monitoring) offered by the credit information agency Experian. It is meant to help more than 3.6 million people whose Social Security numbers were compromised in a cyber-attack against the state Department of Revenue. South Carolinians must register by January 31.
(To sign up, visit protectmyid.com/scdor and enter the activation code scdor123. Or you can phone Experian’s call center at 1-866-578-5422. Call center hours are 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday)
“As I said yesterday, in the wake of bad people doing bad things, it’s wonderful to see good people stepping up to do good things,” Gov. Nikki Haley said in a statement.
Participating groups include the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, South Carolina Electric & Gas, Duke Energy, and Santee-Cooper.
561,000 people have signed up for the program as of Friday morning, before this new agreement was announced.
Meanwhile, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp offers any South Carolina business that has filed a tax return since 1998 a CreditAlert product that will alert them to changes taking place in their business credit file. The cost will be free for those affected businesses. Business owners can visit www.dandb.com/sc/ or they can call customer service toll free at this dedicated phone number 1-800-279-9881 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.