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      SC taxpayers can sign up for free monitoring

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      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WCIV) -- 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.

      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.

      "Eligible individuals are encouraged to enroll with this state-provided service to take advantage of the comprehensive array of identity and credit protections provided. CSID has a dedicated team working to ensure an overall successful enrollment process for the taxpayers of South Carolina," said Department of Revenue Director Bill Blume.{}

      South Carolina taxpayers, their dependents, and businesses who filed an electronic South Carolina tax return between 1998 and 2012 may be eligible for CSID coverage.

      Those interested can enroll at www.scidprotection.com or by contacting CSID's South Carolina Identity Protection Hotline at 855-880-2743, open 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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