Enrollment begins next week for a new, state-paid financial monitoring service for South Carolinians at risk from last year's massive computer hacking at the Department of Revenue.
Governor Nikki Haley says starting October 24th, anyone affected can sign up for protection from CSIdentity Corporation.
“I think it's a very comprehensive package,” Haley says. “I think it's one that everyone across South Carolina can feel very, very comfortable with and very safe with. But we do want to encourage them to enroll. That's the key...is you have to enroll.”
The state contracted with Experian for the first year of monitoring to help protect taxpayers against ID theft, and some 1.5-million people enrolled.
Everyone affected is eligible for CSID's services for the second year of monitoring, but the Experian coverage does not transfer automatically, so you'll have to sign up again.
CSID President Joe Ross said his company will be inviting you to enroll.
“We will be doing “robo-dialing,” he explained. “Every individual that has a land line in the state of South Carolina will receive...a machine call that will alert them to the services available and where they can go to take advantage of those services.”
The state is paying the Texas company up to $8.5-million to provide financial monitoring for taxpayers whose personal information was exposed in the September 2012 hacking of state income tax records.
Until CSID enrollment opens, the state Department of Revenue says taxpayers can visit www.scidprotection.com or call (855) 880-2743 for more information on the services that will be provided.