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South Carolina Business Identity Theft Protection & Resources


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South Carolina business identity theft information and state resources to protect businesses and business owners, & guidance to help you report and recover from business ID theft


PROTECT YOURSELF

Protect your personal credit and identity, and find additional South Carolina state-specific information for personal identity theft protection


Business owner personal risks

Review and protect your personal credit

Personal identity theft protection

PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS

Learn about business identity theft, how it happens, and ways to protect your South Carolina business & reduce your risks

Learn about business identity theft

Protect your business

Protect your state business filings

Business credit reports

REPORT & RESOLVE YOUR CASE

Report business identity theft to law enforcement and appropriate South Carolina government agencies, & get assistance in resolving your case

Victim action list

Report to law enforcement

Fraudulent business filings

Federal government agencies


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South Carolina State Resources for Personal Identity Theft
South Carolina State Resources for Personal Identity Theft

South Carolina state resources for personal identity theft protection


Note: These resources are specifically designed to address personal identity theft prevention and incidents of consumer identity theft. Because most state and federal identity theft and consumer protection laws are designed to protect individual consumers, businesses generally do not enjoy the same rights, protections, and potential recourse as consumers. Therefore, while helpful in addressing many issues that you may face as an individual, be aware that consumer identity theft information may not be applicable to an incident of business identity theft or fraud.


South Carolina Dept. of Consumer Affairs identity theft webpage  (for personal protection)



Personal Credit Protection
Personal Credit Protection

Learn how to protect your personal credit


Business identity thieves often use the identity information (and credit) of the business owner or company officers to open new accounts, or as guarantors of fraudulent loans and lines of credit. In addition to taking actions to protect your business, it is also important to protect yourself as well. This section provides detailed explanations of important consumer credit protection tools that are available to help protect your personal credit from identity thieves.

Use the links below to learn what these tools are, how they work, and how to use them to help protect your personal credit.


Tools & Resources to Protect Your Personal Credit:

Get Your Free Annual Credit Reports                            Initial Fraud Alerts 
     
Review Your Credit Report for Fraud    Extended Fraud Alerts 
     
Credit Security Freeze    Fraud Victim Statement 
     
Active Duty Alerts    Credit Monitoring 


Protect your state business filings
Protect your state business filings

Review, Manage, and Protect Your South Carolina Business Filings


If your business does not regularly review your state business filings, file your annual reports in a timely manner, or enroll in email alerts or other preventative systems that may be offered by your state, you may unknowingly attract the unwanted attention of business identity thieves.




The South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office is aware of the growing problem of business identity theft. The Secretary has participated in forums to get a better understanding of how to combat this threat. We encourage businesses and the public to make their concerns known to the Secretary of State’s Office so that we may formulate an appropriate plan of action.


Business Credit Reports
Business Credit Reports

Review and Protect Your Business Credit Reports


Business identity thieves can manipulate or falsify business credit records and then use these to impersonate your business, or as a part of a fraud scheme to target your business. To combat this, you should periodically review your business credit reports and the information that is being reported.

Contact the business credit reporting agencies:


Dun & Bradstreet       
Business credit website       Toll free:  1-800-234-3867 
Equifax Business credit website 

Toll free:  1-800-525-6285 
Experian  Business credit website 
Toll free:  1-888-397-3742 
TransUnion  Business credit website     Toll free:  1-800-680-7289  
 


Fraudulent Business Filings
Fraudulent Business Filings

Report and Correct Fraudulent South Carolina Business Filings


In South Carolina, if your state business records have been fraudulently changed or updated, contact the South Carolina Secretary of State Division of Business Filings to report and correct fraudulent business filings. Contact information is provided below.

Please note that you should only contact the South Carolina Secretary of State Division of Business Filings for business identity theft incidents involving fraudulent business records. For such incidents, the Division may also report or escalate to law enforcement as appropriate.

All other types of business identity theft incidents and related fraud should be reported directly to law enforcement. Also review the Business Identity Theft Victim Action List for other important steps to take.


South Carolina Secretary of State
Main website:  www.scsos.com

South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Business Filings

Website:  www.scsos.com/Business_Filings

Division of Business Filings telephone:  (803) 734-2158

Address:

SC Secretary of State's Office
Division of Business Filings
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, South Carolina  29201



South Carolina Credit Security Freeze
South Carolina Credit Security Freeze

South Carolina Credit Security Freeze


South Carolina enacted its own state law establishing the availability of credit security freezes for its citizens. The three major credit bureaus  (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) have also voluntarily made security freezes available to all South Carolina state citizens. Innovis voluntarily allows consumers in all states to freeze their Innovis credit files.

Eligibility: All consumers 

Credit Security Freeze Fees:  Per credit bureau. To be effective, you should place a freeze at each credit bureau
• There are no costs for South Carolina citizens under state law
• The freeze will remain in place until you remove it

To Place a Credit Security Freeze in South Carolina:

Experian security freeze website  

Equifax security freeze website  

TransUnion security freeze website  

Innovis security freeze website  
 

South Carolina Law Enforcement
South Carolina Law Enforcement

Report Business Identity Theft to South Carolina Law Enforcement


In South Carolina, if your business is a victim of business identity theft, you should report the crime to your local law enforcement agency. In some cases, you may also file a complaint with the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs.

In the case of fraudulent business filings, the South Carolina Secretary of State Division of Business Filings may also report or escalate to law enforcement as appropriate.

Also review the Business Identity Theft Victim Action List for other important steps to take.


South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs

Website:  www.scconsumer.gov

File a complaint with the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs

South Carolina D.C.A. telephone:  1-800-922-1594 (toll free in S.C.)  or  (803) 734-4200

Complaints mailing address:

South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs
2221 Devine Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 5757
Columbia, South Carolina   29250-5757


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