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News Archive

As Scammers Leverage Pandemic Fears, SCDCA Joins FTC, Other Partners in National Crackdown of Deceptive Income Schemes; New cases, FTC data highlight broad scope of scams making false promises of big income

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA), along with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other federal, state,…

Department of Consumer Affairs Joins with State and Federal Partners in Settling Investigation of Nationstar Mortgage, LLC

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA), is announcing a settlement with Nationstar Mortgage LLC, d/b/a Mr. Cooper…

Get an Unexpected Check in the Mail? How to Tell if it’s Real or Fake

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Several savvy South Carolinians who received a check from the Santee Cooper Class Action Settlement called the South Carolina…

Don’t Get Caught in a Ho Ho Hoax for the Holidays!

COLUMBIA, S.C. – It’s the most wonderful time of the year and scammers are out in full-force trying to take advantage of your holiday cheer. While it…

Is it a Trick or Treat? Scam Red Flags to Watch Out for to Avoid Getting Spooked.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – With spooky season coming to an end, the last thing the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) wants is for consumers…

FTC, State, and Federal Law Enforcement Partners Announce Nationwide Crackdown on Phantom and Abusive Debt Collection-‘Operation Corrupt Collector’ targets debt collectors trying to collect on non-existent debts, using illegal scare tactics

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA), along with the Federal Trade Commission and more than 50 federal and state law enforcement…

Virtual Learning Resource: The LifeSmarts 2020-2021 Competition Kicks Off!

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Are you looking for more virtual learning resources or ways to get your students/kids engaged about consumer topics in the classroom…

Blue Granite Rate Increases Stopped after Oral Arguments in front of PSC

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Public Service Commission (PSC) voted Monday that Blue Granite Water Company cannot go forward with its planned rate increase.…

Buyer Beware: Online Shopping Scams on the Rise

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Online shopping has become a way of life and consumers can find some great bargains on the internet. Sure, shopping online can be…

Public Service Commission Stays Blue Granite Rate Increases

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Public Service Commission (PSC) ordered to stay Blue Granite Water Company’s proposed rate increase.  The vote came during a…