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Protecting Yourself After a Security Breach

Consumer Affairs Communications Coordinator Juliana Harris stopped by the library and shared some excellent preventative measures that consumers can take to protect their identity in light of the recent SC DOR security breach. Here is a link to her presentation. Preventive measures discussed were:

-Opt-in to free credit monitoring by calling 866-578-5422 or going to www.protectmyid.com/scdor (use code SCDOR123)

-Place a fraud alert on your credit report with the three major agencies online or by phone:

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285 or https://www.alerts.equifax.com/AutoFraud_Online/jsp/fraudAlert.jsp

Experian: 1-888-397-3742 or https://www.experian.com/fraud/center.html

TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289 or https://fraud.transunion.com/fa/fraudAlert/landingPage.jsp

-Consider placing a security freeze on your credit report with the three major agencies online by reviewing the information found here. You may place a freeze online or by phone:

Equifax: 1-800-685-1111 or ˜www.freeze.equifax.com

Experian: 1-888-397-3742 or www.experian.com/freeze

TransUnion: 1-˜800-680-7289 or https://freeze.transunion.com

-Monitor your financial and personal statements (including your credit report (acessible for free on a yearly basis at annualcreditreport.com), bank statements, credit card statements, and explanation of benefits from insurance providors).

Find more information at www.consumer.sc.gov and

˜http://www.ftc.gov/idtheft. You may also contact the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-922-1594.
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