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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  • 2022 accountability report 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2022)
    South Carolina laws require that each state agency publish and submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an annual accountability report that contains the agency's or department's mission, objectives to accomplish ...
  • Scams in SC 08/01/22 - 08/31/22 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2022-09-02)
    This paper gives statistics on scams reported to SCDCA.
  • SC Department of Consumer Affairs fines and fees report Fiscal Year 2021-22 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (2022)
    This is the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs' report for fine and fee revenue to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • Spotlight : utility scams 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2022-08-18)
    Utility imposter scams can happen in-person or over the phone and come in a lot of shapes and sizes. Contact from your gas, electric, or water company threatening to immediately turn off your service is probably a scam.
  • Scams in SC 06/01/22-06/30/22 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2022-07-25)
    This paper gives statistics on scams reported to SCDCA.
  • State of credit report 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2018-01-31)
    The 2018 State of Credit Report focuses on the use of credit in this State, enforcement actions and administrative interpretations of the Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • Spotlight : shopping 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2019-07-24)
    People spend more when paying with plastic than they would when paying with cash. Here are some potential credit pitfalls to keep in mind during shopping sprees.
  • Spotlight : scholarship and financial aid scams 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2022-06-21)
    Going to college, vocational school, or a certificate program can often help you move up in your career and make more money - but it can also be expensive. Scammers take advantage of that, saying they’ll help you get ...
  • Spotlight : free prize, lottery & sweepstakes scams 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2022-06-23)
    You get a call, an email, a direct message on social media or a letter in the mail that says you’ve just won $5,000! Or maybe even $5 million, a fabulous diamond ring, or luxury vacation. Sounds too good to be true? More ...
  • 2021 mortgage log data report 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2022-07-20)
    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 ...
  • Credit freezes and fraud alerts: why you should use them 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs; Parker, Bailey (South Carolina State Library, 2022-05-18)
    The PowerPoint presentation serves as an introduction and overview to credit fraud and identity theft and what you can do about it..
  • Scams in SC 03/01/22-03/31/22 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2022-03-31)
    This paper gives statistics on scams reported to SCDCA.
  • Annual ID theft & scams report 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs; South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs. Identity Theft Unit (South Carolina State Library, 2022)
    This annual report gives statistics on scams and identity theft in South Carolina including top report ID theft, ID theft by age range and county, top reported scams, and scams by age range and county.
  • State of credit report 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2022)
    The purpose of the State of Credit Report (SOCR) is to provide information and analysis of existing and emerging trends in the consumer credit marketplace in South Carolina. The 2022 SOCR focuses on the use of credit in ...
  • Spotlight : home rental scams 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2022-03-22)
    As you shop around for a new place, be on guard against scammers who list fake places to live. Scammers advertise rentals that either don’t exist or aren’t available to trick you into sending money and giving over personal ...
  • 2021 homeowner association report executive summary 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2021)
    This annual report gives statistics on complaints against homeowners' associations in South Carolina.
  • 2020 homeowner association report executive summary 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2020)
    This annual report gives statistics on complaints against homeowners' associations in South Carolina.
  • Guide for auto dealers 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2022-02)
    This guide from the Department of Consumer Affairs explains the responsibilities of car dealers including advertising, TILA and recurring issues, SCDCA required filings, debt collection, lemon law & GAP and protecting ...
  • Identity theft toolkit : what you need to do 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2021-11)
    This toolkit is meant to serve as a guide to consumers who are victims of identity theft. The steps enclosed are general and apply to most identity theft situations. You may need to take additional steps tp resolve your ...
  • Fiscal Year 2020-2021 accountability report 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2021)
    South Carolina laws require that each state agency publish and submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an annual accountability report that contains the agency's or department's mission, objectives to accomplish ...

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