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SCAM ALERTS
SECURITY NEWS      
  • The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry urge all employers to educate their payroll personnel about a Form W-2 phishing scam that made victims of hundreds of organizations and thousands of employees last year.
    • Fraudsters pose as authority figures and request copies of Forms W-2 for employees.
    • Learn more about the scam and what to do if you are a victim in the IRS news release.
  • New from the SCDOR: Identity Verification Quiz and Individual Code Verification. The SCDOR has implemented new security measures to ensure that fraudsters are not using your information to file a false return and steal your refund. You may receive a letter from the SCDOR asking you to visit MyDORWAY to complete one of these verifications after filing your return. This is just another step we are taking to keep your information private.

SECURITY STATS

1,429 scams

were reported in South Carolina in 2018.1 


61%

of data breaches involved phishing or the use of stolen credentials in 2018.2 


92%

of consumers agree companies must be proactive about data protection.5 



70%

of Americans say their personal information is less secure than it was five years ago.6 


$19.57 million

lost by South Carolinians to Internet scams in 2018.3 


10,978 victims

of government impersonation scams in 2018.3 

3,575 victims

of online crimes in South Carolina in 2018.3 


#10

South Carolina had the tenth-highest rate of fraud complaints in the country 2019.4 


60+ year-olds

are the most vulnerable to internet crimes, with 62,085 complaints in 2018.3 


27%

of identity theft cases reported to SCDCA in 2018 were tax-related.1 





44,526 complaints

related to fraud and identity theft filed by South Carolinians in 2019.4 

#8

South Carolina had the eigth-highest rate of identity theft complaints in the country 2019.4 


16,128 complaints

of identity theft reported in 2018.3 


SOURCES

1. South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs Identity Theft Unit Fifth Anniversary Report
2. Verizon Wireless 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report  
3. Internet Crime Complaint Center 2018 Internet Crime Report
4. Federal Trade Commission 2019 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book
5. PWC Consumer Intelligence Series: Protect.me
6. Pew Research Center Americans and Privacy