SC taxpayers can sign up for free monitoring

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Taxpayers can start signing up for a second year of state-paid credit monitoring resulting from last year's massive hacking of South Carolina's tax collection agency.

Enrollment for consumer protection services through CSIdentity Corp. begins Thursday. It's free to the millions of residents and business owners whose unencrypted personal data was stolen last September from the Department of Revenue's computer servers.

Only those who were affected by last year's identity breach will be able to sign up for free.

South Carolina is paying CSID up to $8.5 million for its services, depending on how many people sign up.

About 1.4 million people signed up for free credit monitoring through Experian. That $12 million state contract is expiring, and enrollments will not transfer.

CSID offers more extensive monitoring, beyond credit reports, to catch other ways stolen identities are used.

Those interested can call CSID at (855) 880-2743 or visit

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