The state Department of Consumer Affairs has launched a new Identity Theft Unit.
Agency Administrator Carri Grube Lybarker says the special unit will provide education and outreach to consumers on how to prevent ID theft and what to do if they become victims.
The unit will also handle administration and enforcement of the state's Financial Identity Fraud and Identity Theft Protection Act, which includes security breach notices.
Grube Lybarker says the number of consumers at risk from those has grown at an astounding rate – most notably, due to last year's hacking of taxpayers' personal information at the state Department of Revenue.
“Even before the Department of Revenue security breach occurred, we had received over 80 security breach notices in the four years prior that affected more than one million South Carolina consumers,” she says.
“And since the Department of Revenue security breach, our office has received 36 notices that affect more than 77,000. So, over the last five years we've gotten 118 security breach notices affecting 6.8-million South Carolina consumers.”
For more information on protecting against ID theft, you can check the Department of Consumer Affairs website or call the agency toll-free at 1-800-922-1594.