Ditch the Pitch
Department staff is available to assist with any questions at (800) 922-1594 (toll free in SC) or 803-734-4200 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays. You can also email general questions to email@example.com.
**If you are a consumer who has been affected by a security breach and would like more information on how to keep your personal information safe, please see our ID Theft page for additional resources.**
To aid in combating identity theft, South Carolina passed the Financial Identity Fraud and Identity Theft Protection Act (“FIFITPA”) in 2008. Among other things, FIFITPA imposes security breach notification requirements on private business and public bodies. If a business sends notice of a data security breach to 1,000 or more South Carolina residents at one time, the business must also notify the Department and the national credit reporting agencies. When sending notice to consumers, breached entities should include contact information for the Department so consumers may seek additional help from the Identity Theft Unit. When a business is required to notify the Department of a breach, the notice should include all of the following:
Breach notifications should be sent to the Department's Legal Division, P.O. Box 5757, Columbia, SC 29250 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the applicable laws in South Carolina, refer to the Identity Theft & The Law: A Guide for Business and Government (PDF)