Update on S.C’s ID Theft Protection

Dear Friends:

I hope this e-mail finds you well. Fall is here, football season has started, school is back in session, and I have some news for you about the ongoing ID Theft situation in our state.

Many of you signed up for credit monitoring services through Experian – the service that was provided to everyone in the state for no cost through the state. Experian informed people last week that it did not wish to continue the monitoring for another year and send many of you renewal notices for a fee.

Last June, the General Assembly appropriated money to continue providing credit monitoring for all affected South Carolina residents, a budget line I whole-heartedly supported.

This week, the State issued an Intent to Award a contract to CSIdentify Corporation (CSID) for the purpose of continuing ID protection service to South Carolinians and businesses affected by last October’s data breach of state computers. If you signed up for the service when it was first offered you will receive an additional year of free Identify Theft Protection Services. You will be able to enroll for these new services starting October 24th, so there is no lapse in coverage. It was reported this morning that if you paid Experian to continue the service, you can get a refund.

CSID will make the following services available to eligible individuals:

  • Daily Transunion credit monitoring.
  • Change of address monitoring: Monitors and reports if and when an enrolled participant’s mail has been redirected to a new address.
  • Pay Day loan monitoring: Alerts enrolled participants if a pay day loan is established using their identity.
  • Court and Criminal records monitoring: Tracks municipal court systems and alerts enrolled participants if a criminal act is committed using their identity.
  • Social Security Number trace: Monitors and notifies enrolled participants when fraudulent names, aliases, and addresses become associated with their SSN.
  • Cyber monitoring: Alerts enrolled participants to their information being bought/sold/traded in the online black market.
  • Sex Offender monitoring: Alerts enrolled participants of fraudulent use of their identities to register in sex offender registry and alerts to proximity of registered sex offenders in enrolled participants’ immediate area.
  • Child identity monitoring: Provides a report of all the names, addresses, and aliases found in public records associated with enrolled children’s SSN. Also monitors for a child’s information being bought/sold/traded in the online black market.
  • One million dollar identity theft insurance policy.
  • Full service identity restoration services: Offered to all eligible persons even if they have not enrolled in the CSID services. 

And the following services available to eligible businesses:

  • Monitors Service: Monitors for information concerning business domain names, credentials, and static IP address information as provided by businesses.
  • Business Alerts: Alerts businesses in real time to incidences of compromised credentials and malware.

More Information Soon 

Once the contract becomes effective (October 4 absent any protest) details on how to enroll will be made available. CSID is a Texas-based company which not only offers credit monitoring, but also provides identify monitoring solutions along with full service identity theft restoration services.

I will continue to update you on this situation as I receive more information.

Yours,

Derham Cole