Columbia, SC (WLTX) - News19 is on your side with a warning about e-mails that are preying on consumers' fears of identity theft after the recent hacking at the state revenue department.
The state consumer affairs department says scammers pretending to be credit monitoring agencies are sending out fake emails to try to steal your personal information.
In the e-mails, the senders are pretending to be Equifax. They ask people to check their "declining scores."
If you receive this e-mail, to keep your information safe, you should verify the message.
Also, when a business contacts you, especially by e-mail, verify the validity of the message by following up with the business directly.
Make sure to use contact information you know is correct. Do not click on any links in the message or cut and paste links into your browser.
Phishing e-mails may contain software that can harm your computer or track your activity online. Make sure you use antivirus software and a firewall on your computer.