Ditch the Pitch
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — 64 consumers reported that when they went to file their tax returns this year, someone had already done it for them. This is probably the most common form of tax fraud and is the top way that SC consumers reported their identities being stolen so far in 2021.
December is Identity Theft Awareness Month, and the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) urges consumers to stay on guard. Since January 1, 2021, 397 consumers reported ID theft totaling $730,248.21 lost. So far, the top reporters of ID theft are ages 35-44. Richland County has the most ID theft reports at 59; Horry County comes in second place at 31 ID theft reports.
As consumers are spending more money for the holidays than any other time of year, SCDCA has three easy ways to keep your information and money safe:
SCDCA is holding three free webinars in December on ID Theft:
For basic steps to consider no matter the type of identity theft, read SCDCA's newly released “Identity Theft Toolkit: What You Need to Do”and revised “Step-by-Step”guides in the How to Report section of the ID Theft webpage. Consumers who have identity theft questions or who would like help with the steps to mitigate their identity theft situation please contact the Identity Theft Unit for one-on-one assistance. Call (844) TELL DCA (835-5322) or fill out an ID Theft Intake form by visiting consumer.sc.gov.
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.