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Protect Your Identity, Come Shred Your Sensitive Documents for Free!

COLUMBIA, S.C. — December is Identity Theft Awareness Month and the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) urges consumers to stay on…

Tips for a Scam-Free Holiday Season

What you nee​d to know: Research charities before donating. The SC Secretary of State’s Charities webpage is a great place to start…

Utility Imposter Scammers Ready as Temperatures Drop - Utility Scam Awareness Day

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina utilities have joined with the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) and the Office of Regulatory…

Don’t Make it Complicated! SCDCA Will Help You Stay Safe Online

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Cybersecurity can be intimidating. Have no fear! The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) is here to teach you how…

Prepare for Hurricane Ian and Disaster Scams

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) is urging consumers to prepare as Hurricane Ian approaches. Whether you…

Play BINGO While Learning How to Avoid Scammers

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Scammers make it their full-time job to try to steal your information and money. At the South Carolina Department of Consumer…

SCDCA Thinks Car Buying Junk Fees Belong in the Trash - SCDCA Provides Comment on Proposed Rule

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requested comments on a proposed rule that would “eliminate the tricks and traps” that make it…

Scammers Jump on Student Loan Forgiveness

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Scammers follow the headlines and the news on student loan forgiveness is no different. Scammers have already started making phony…

Don’t Get Duped by the Dealer when Buying a Car

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Have you seen a price for a car in an advertisement, only to get to the dealer and the price is completely different? That’s illegal…

Vehicle Complaints Top Complaint List Fifth Year in a Row

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The numbers are in. For the calendar year of 2021, the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) received 3,977…