Officials urge Beaufort County to stay vigilant on credit card fraud, identity theft

Beaufort County residents must be vigilant about monitoring their credit histories and protecting their personal information as financial fraud and identity theft continues to climb across the Palmetto State, S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis and credit card industry officials say. Loftis and officials from MasterCard and the American Association of Retired Persons spoke to a small group of Sun City residents during an hourlong seminar Tuesday at Pinckney Hall. The event was part of a four-city "Financial Literacy Tour" that also took Loftis to Charleston, Rock Hill and Columbia this week. Most of the seminar centered on how residents can safeguard themselves against identity theft, a crime that has become increasingly prevalent in the Lowcountry and across the state, Loftis said.