Nearly 12,500 people in South Carolina who are Nationwide Insurance members or policy holders may have had their personal and private information compromised.
The South Carolina Department of Insurance (SCDOI) released a statement Wednesday saying it was notified by Nationwide Insurance that an unidentified perpetrator got into the company’s system. The company says it believes that Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and possibly dates of birth may have been taken.
“We are providing this notice so that consumers can take the steps necessary to protect their personal information,” acting DOI director Gwendolyn McGriff said in a statement. She said the breach did not involve her agency.
The breach appears to have affected Nationwide customers across the country, as other states warned their own residents about the breach. However, the company has not said how many overall customers were affected.
Nationwide says it will notify South Carolina customers who were affected by mail. The company told the Department of Insurance that it is investigating the incident. In the meantime, the company has created a toll-free telephone number 800-760-1125 to answer questions from members and policyholders.
It will also offer those affected with free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services from Equifax for at least a year.
The company says it began mailing notifications on Friday, November 16, 2012. If you have not received written notification by November 30, 2012, you can contact Nationwide at 800-760-1125.