Gov. Haley: Experian service including minors

Gov. Haley: Experian service including minors

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FILE - In a Monday May 3, 2010 photo, South Carolina Republican candidate for Governor Rep. Nikki Haley,R-Lexington, makes remarks during a televised debate in Columbia, S.C. A political blogger, Will Folks, claimed Monday, May 24, 2010 that he had an affair several years ago with Haley, a married Republican vying to become the state's first female governor. Haley, vehemently denied the allegation, made in a post that contained no proof of a relationship.(AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 1, 2012 at 12:03 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Experian is notifying South Carolina parents they can begin signing up to have their children's credit monitored.
 
The program is part of the state's response to the hacking of millions of taxpayers' personal data. The theft included the Social Security numbers of 1.9 million dependents on parents' tax returns.
 
Gov. Nikki Haley announced Friday the availability of Experian's Family Secure service, free to parents. It's covered by the state's $12 million contract with the company.
 
Most children under 18 don't have a credit history, particularly pre-teens. The parent who signs up will be alerted if a credit file pops up in a child's name. If a file exists, the service will monitor for suspicious activity. 
 
A parent must first enroll in Experian's ProtectMyID service. That's been available since Oct. 26.

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