Ditch the Pitch
Department staff is available to assist with any questions at (800) 922-1594 (toll free in SC) or 803-734-4200 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays. You can also email general questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The numbers are in. For the calendar year of 2020, the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) received 3,735 complaints and saved/refunded consumers $809,955.17. This data and additional information on complaints received by SCDCA are featured in the Consumer Federation of America’s (CFA) annual Consumer Complaint Survey Report. This report gives readers the opportunity to look at a snapshot of issues consumers experienced in South Carolina’s marketplace and compare it with other states.
The 2020 Consumer Complaint Survey Report includes data from 34 consumer protection agencies, together tallying 280,413 complaints filed across the country and resulting in savings or refunds to consumers of at least $262,973,073. South Carolina followed the continued national trend of vehicle complaints being the number one complaint category with 555 vehicle related complaints recorded.
Additional South Carolina highlights in the report include:
Here is a list of the top ten complaint categories, total complaints and money recovered:
The 2020 Consumer Complaint Survey Report was released on July 26, 2021. Consumers are encouraged to contact SCDCA directly with complaints regarding products or services purchased for family or household use. To file a complaint, visit www.consumer.sc.gov and click FILE A COMPLAINT. To see if a business has complaints against it, consumers should take advantage of the Search Complaints tool on the Consumer Information page of SCDCA’s website.
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.