By By SEANNA ADCOX
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The two credit monitoring services covered by South Carolina's $12 million contract with Experian differ in what's accessible at no cost to enrollees, and whether help extends beyond the state-paid first year.
Experian began sending out notices last week on the availability of Family Secure, designed to alert parents if a credit file pops up in their child's name.
It's offered on top of the ProtectMyID service offered to all South Carolina taxpayers.
Gov. Nikki Haley negotiated the contract after a hacker stole the electronically-filed returns of millions of taxpayers.
Family Secure provides a parent unlimited access to their own Experian credit reports and credit scores, instead of a single free report.
But it doesn't provide those under 18 the lifetime of over-the-phone fraud resolution assistance extended to adults.