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SECURITY NEWS      
  • The FTC is seeing increased reports of scams related to COVID-19 and recommends you follow these five tips to avoid scams:
    1. Ignore offers for vaccinations and home testing kits
    2. Hang up on robocalls
    3. Watch out for phishing emails and text messages
    4. Research before you donate
    5. Stay in the know — Go to ftc.gov/Coronavirus for more info
  • 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.
  • SCDOR Identity Verification Quiz and Individual Code Verification. The SCDOR has implemented 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

615 
scams

were reported in South Carolina in 2020.1 


7%

of ID Theft cases reported to SCDCA were tax related in 2020.1 


61%

of data breaches involved phishing or stolen credentials in 2020.3 



19,369 

Business Email Compromise (BEC) complaints with adjusted losses over $1.8 billion in 2020.3



12,827 
victims

of government impersonation scams in 2020.3 

5,583
 victims

resulting in $25,244,978 in damage in 2020.3 


#14

South Carolina had the fourteenth highest rate of fraud complaints in the country.4 


60+ year-olds

are the most vulnerable to internet crimes, with 105,301 complaints in 2020.3 






43,430 
complaints

of identity theft in 2020.3 

#16

South Carolina had the sixteenth highest rate of identity theft complaints in the country.4 



SOURCES

1. SCDCA ID Theft Scam Report: 
https://consumer.sc.gov/news/reports
2. Verizon DBIR: 
https://www.verizon.com/business/resources/reports/dbir/

3. 2020 stats Internet Crime Complaint Center: 
https://www.ic3.gov/Home/AnnualReports
4. FTC Consumer Sentinel Network:
https://www.ftc.gov/reports/consumer-sentinel-network-data-book-2020