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Spotlight 
 

Stay updated as we highlight key topics, helping you to become a more insightful consumer.

ID Theft

  • 10 Ways to be a Savvier Consumer (PDF) -Here are some prevention tips to help you avoid ID theft
  • Best Tricks for Beating Cyber Criminals (PDF) - Tricks to keep your information and money safe from cyber criminals.
  • Child ID Theft (PDF) - Any age group can be affected by ID theft. Here are some ways to keep your child's personal info safe!
  • Email is Not Secure! (PDF) - Email is a common form of communication and you want to be sure you're communicating safely. Here are a few tips on how to protect sensitive and personal info via email. 
  • ID Theft: Income Tax Fraud (PDF) - Identity thieves can use your personal information in any way that you can, including to file YOUR taxes. Take these steps to protect yourself from income tax fraud!
  • Security Breach Tools (PDF) - Have you gotten notice of a security breach? Find out what action steps to take and ID theft warning signs to watch out for. 
  • Smartphone Safety (PDF) - Smartphones are often the weakest link in the chain of cybersecurity, making them an easy target for hackers and ID thieves. Learn the common threats to your personal information.

Money

  • Gas Prices (PDF)- Consumers can use these tips to help stretch their dollar and get the most out of a gas purchase.
  • Guard Your Wallet on the Road (PDF) - The following tips will help you keep your finances safe as you travel!
  • Holiday Shopping (PDF) - Follow these shopping tips to get the most from your holiday deals.
  • Price Gouging (PDF) - Price gouging laws come into effect when a State of Emergency is declared. Here is what you need to do if you think you've been a victim.
  • Shopping and Overspending (PDF) - When going on shopping sprees, consider these long-term effects overspending can have on your pocket and credit.

Other 


Scams

  • Dating Scams (PDF) - Exercise caution when communicating with strangers on the internet. Consumers can be taken advantage of by faraway lovers that claim to be "strapped for cash."
  • Phishing Scams (PDF) - Don't take the bait! Learn how to recognize and avoid bogus emails designed to get you to give up personal information. 
  • Phone Scams (PDF) - Phone scams can take many forms. Learn how to spot and recognize telephone scams and learn how to not be a victim.
  • Real Estate Scams (PDF) - Be on the lookout for fake rental listings. 
  • Stop Unwanted Offers (PDF) - Tired of getting unwanted calls and junk mail? Here are some ways that you can help limit that. 
  • Tax Scams (PDF) - Tax Season. Scam artists make it even more difficult as they plot to separate you from your refund.

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The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs aims to protect consumers from inequities in the marketplace through advocacy, complaint mediation, enforcement and education. To file a complaint or get information on consumer issues, visit www.consumer.sc.gov or call toll-free, 1-800-922-1594.