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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Marriott announced a security breach affecting up to 500 million people. Hackers gained access to personal information such as a consumer’s full name, address, email, phone number, date of birth and passport number. Credit card numbers and expiration dates may have also been exposed in the breach. Marriott says the unauthorized access to their Starwood guest reservation database began in 2014. The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) is urging affected consumers to stay alert in protecting their information by doing the following:
Marriott is sending emails to affected consumers and offering free monitoring services for one year. For more information on the breach, visit answers.kroll.com or call (877) 273-9481. For additional tips on how to protect your information in the wake of a breach, check out these tips on how to avoid identity theft or contact SCDCA’s Identity Theft Unit. The Unit is dedicated to offering consumers tailored guidance on identity theft issues.
The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs aims to protect consumers from inequities in the marketplace through advocacy, complaint mediation, enforcement and education. To file a complaint or get information on consumer issues, visit www.consumer.sc.gov or call toll-free, 1 (800) 922-1594.