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The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs was established in 1974 to be the state consumer protection agency. The Department of Consumer Affairs helps to formulate and modify consumer laws, policies and regulations; regulates the consumer credit marketplace; resolves complaints arising out of the production, promotion or sale of consumer goods or services in South Carolina, whether or not credit is involved; and promotes a healthy competitive business climate with mutual confidence between buyers and sellers. Overall, the agency protects consumers while giving due regard to those businesses acting in a fair and honest manner.

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  • How to place, thaw or lift a security freeze 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    When a security freeze is in place, a business that receives an application for products or services cannot get access to your credit report without your permission. The freeze will not affect your ability to pull your own ...
  • State of Credit Report 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2017-02)
    The 2017 State of Credit Report focuses on the use of credit in this State, enforcement actions and administrative interpretations of the Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • Consumer alert 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2017-11)
    The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs publishes Consumer Alerts to alert the public, businesses, and government agencies about scams, product recalls and consumer education.
  • Identity Theft Unit fourth anniversary data 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    In October 2013, SCDCA launched its Identity Theft Unit. During the past 4 years the Identity Theft Unit has taken 11,645 calls and received 1,097 identity theft intake forms. This document gives statistics on identity ...
  • AVOIDING IDENTITY THEFT IN THE AGE OF INFORMATION COMPROMISE 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2017-09)
    This sheet gives prevention tips to avoid identity theft including signs that you may be a victim of identity theft and actions to be taken to avoid it.
  • Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Accountability Report 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs reports to the Office of State Budget its annual accountability report that includes an executive summary, a description of the leadership system, customer focus and ...
  • What you need to know about flood damaged vehicles 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2015-10)
    When shopping for a new or used vehicle, be cautious of dishonest businesses and individuals who may try to sell you a flood-damaged vehicle. Vehicles that have been underwater can have serious mechanical or electrical ...
  • Recovering from a disaster 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2016-06)
    This document gives tips on what to do in personal situations in case of a disaster. It explores paying your bills, researching options, finding a place to live, replacing lost or damaged documents and safeguarding ...
  • CHILD IDENTITY THEFT : WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2016-10)
    This document explains child identity theft, warning signs of child identity theft, how to protect your child's information and how to teach your child to protect their information.
  • Fiscal Year 2015-16 Accountability Report 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2016)
    The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs reports to the Office of State Budget its annual accountability report that includes an executive summary, a description of the leadership system, customer focus and ...
  • Consumer alert 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2014 Sprin)
    The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs publishes Consumer Alerts to alert the public, businesses, and government agencies about scams, product recalls and consumer education.
  • Consumer alert 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2013-Sprin)
    The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs publishes Consumer Alerts to alert the public, businesses, and government agencies about scams, product recalls and consumer education.
  • Consumer alert 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2012-Sprin)
    The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs publishes Consumer Alerts to alert the public, businesses, and government agencies about scams, product recalls and consumer education.
  • Consumer alert 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2012-Speci)
    The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs publishes Consumer Alerts to alert the public, businesses, and government agencies about scams, product recalls and consumer education.
  • Consumer alert 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2012-Fall)
  • 2015 Mortgage Log Analysis Report 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2016-07-01)
    The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs publishes an annual mortgage log report as a requirement of the South Carolina Mortgage Lending Act, which became effective on January 1, 2010. The mortgage log report ...
  • Forty years of consumer protection, 1975-2015 : the Department of Consumer Affairs’ impact on South Carolina 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2015)
    This gives a short history of the Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • Fiscal Year 2014-15 Accountability Report 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2015-09-11)
    The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs reports to the Office of State Budget its annual accountability report that includes an executive summary, a description of the leadership system, customer focus and ...
  • Shopping 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2014-11)
    This SCDCA spotlight highlights the long-term effects of overspending using credit cards. Shopping with your heart instead of your head can cause you to lose sight of the long-term consequences of overspending. These tips ...
  • Fiscal Year 2013-14 Accountability Report 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2014-09-15)
    The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs reports to the Office of State Budget its annual accountability report that includes an executive summary, a description of the leadership system, customer focus and ...

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