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The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs publishes a variety of reports and brochures on consumer protection and safety, many designed for the general public.







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  • How to prevent identity theft 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2019-04)
    This gives tips on how to spot ID theft, how to avoid it and what to do if you are a victim of it.
  • HOA : before you buy 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2019-10-04)
    Homeowners associations have steadily become more prevalent in recent years. Knowledge is power. Here are some quick tips to get you started on research to help you decide if a home within a particular association is the ...
  • How does a HOA know what they can and cannot do? 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2019-10-09)
    The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs often gets questions from homeowners and homeowners association boards about the rights and responsibilities of associations and their members. These include whether dues ...
  • SC Homeowners Association Act 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2019-10-04)
    The Homeowners Association Act applies to communities and horizontal property regimes requiring homeowners to pay assessments. The law requires governing documents to be filed, provides certain meeting notice requirements ...
  • Frequently asked questions about HOAs 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2019-10-09)
    This sheet answers questions about homeowners' associations and the legal status of the Department of Consumer Affairs in dealing with them.
  • Ditch the pitch : a guide for guarding against scams 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2019-03-21)
    This booklet is designed to arm yourself with the tips you need to spot and avoid scams. Navigating the ever-changing marketplace can be a daunting task. And with the rapid development of technology, scammers are more ...
  • Identity theft and the law : a guide for business & government 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2017-07)
    This brochure is meant to highlight important portions of the Financial Identity Fraud and Identity Theft Protection Act.
  • Child identity theft : what you need to know 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2019-03)
    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.
  • Avoiding identity theft in the age of information compromise 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2019-03)
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Just the facts on...pre-paid legal services 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2007)
  • Fast facts for consumers : prepaid legal services, what’s the verdict? 

    South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2002)

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