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South Carolina Taxpayer Information Exposed in Cyber Attack

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November 2012 | Written by: Karen Reed

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On October 30th, the South Carolina Department of Revenue announced that security may have been compromised on 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit cards in a September cyber attack. Those who have filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 should visit protectmyid.com/scdor or call (866) 578-5422 to determine if their information has been affected.

The State of South Carolina recommends these steps for taxpayers who may be affected:

  • Review credit reports regularly;
  • Place fraud alerts with the three major national credit bureaus (Equifax at (888) 766-0008, Experian at (888) 397-3742, and Transunion at (800) 680-7289); and,
  • Place a security freeze on financial and credit information with the three major national credit bureaus

Steps to follow if you have been affected by Identity Theft:

  • Place fraud alerts with the three major national credit bureaus (Equifax at (888) 766-0008, Experian at (888) 397-3742, and Transunion at (800) 680-7289);
  • Place a security freeze on financial and credit information with the three major national credit bureaus;
  • Contact your bank(s) to cancel and reissue bank card(s); and
  • Contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPUS) at (800) 908-4490. This unit will ask you to complete Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit.  This unit will put an identity theft marker on your account.  Each year, around December, the IRS will send an “Identity Theft Personal Identification Number” (IP PIN) to taxpayers who submitted the Form 14039 to protect them from refund-related tax identify theft. You will need this number to be able to electronically file your return.