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

ID Theft

Money

  • Gas Prices (PDF)- Consumers can use these tips to help stretch their dollar and get the most out of a gas purchase.
  • Holiday Shopping (PDF) - Follow these shopping tips to get the most from your holiday deals.
  • 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 far away lovers that claim to be "strapped for cash."
  • 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!
  • 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. 
  • Real Estate Scams (PDF) - Be on the look out for fake rental listings. 
  • Stop Unwanted Offers (PDF) - Tired of getting unwanted call 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.