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Experian extends deadline to enroll in credit monitoring

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South Carolina residents affected by the information security data breach at the South Carolina Dept. of Revenue have until March 31, 2013, to sign up for a year of free Experian credit monitoring and unlimited fraud resolution.

The deadline was moved from Jan. 31. Anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 should take these steps:

Call 866.578.5422 to enroll in a consumer protection service. The call center is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST on Saturday and Sunday.

Residents who don't want to use the phone option can go online to and enter the code SCDOR123.

As of Thursday, there had been 957,575 signups for Experian's ProtectMyID program.

Experian has a ProtectMyID Alert service that detects, protects and works to resolve potential identity theft cases. It also includes daily monitoring of all three credit bureaus.

The alerts and daily monitoring services are provided for one year. Consumers will continue to have access to fraud resolution agents and services after the first year. 

The free 12-month ProtectMyID membership for South Carolinans affected by the hacking incident includes:  

Credit report: A free copy of an Experian credit report.

Daily monitoring of three credit bureaus Experian, Equifax and TransUnion Consumers get alerts of suspicious activity including new inquiries, newly opened accounts, delinquencies, or medical collections on Experian, Equifax and TransUnion credit reports.

Identity Theft Resolution: Identity theft victims will be assigned a dedicated, U.S.-based Experian Identity Theft Resolution Agent to help them through the fraud resolution process.

ExtendCARE: Full access to help from a Fraud Resolution Agent after the initial ProtectMyID membership expires.

$1 million identity theft Insurance: ProtectMyID members are immediately covered by a $1 million insurance policy, which can help cover costs including, lost wages, private investigator fees and unauthorized electronic fund transfers.

Access to unlimited fraud resolution beyond the one year term is included in Experian's ProtectMyID membership.

Those who sign up for credit protection will be notified by email or letter about how to sign up for a Family Secure Plan if they claim minors as dependents.

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