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Consumer Education

The Public Information Division serves as the main consumer education portal for consumers, businesses and media.  Providing educational tools to consumers is key to ensuring a smooth running marketplace. 

 Browse by Topic

We use educational brochures, YouTube Videos, tweets and more to help educate and inform consumers so they can make wise choices in the marketplace. Select a topic below to learn more:

About DCA | Automobiles | Credit & Finances | Computers, Identity Theft & Privacy | Debt Collection | Diet, Health & Fitness | Housing | Safety | Scams | Shopping for Products & Services | Telemarketing & Telephone Issues

Other Educational Resources

Click on one of the buttons below to find links to financial literacy tools, including games and activities geared towards ages 3-18.

  Kid and Parents  Teachers  Teens and Money    


About DCA


  • How To File A Complaint (PDF)
  • South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (PDF)




Credit & Finances


Computers, Identity Theft & Privacy

Debt Collection

  • Debt Collection
  • Debt Collection FAQs
  • Debt Collection Scam (YouTube Video)
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Harassed by Debt Collectors? (YouTube Video)
  • Wage Garnishment (YouTube Video)
  • Diet, Health & Fitness





    • 2009 Hurricane Preparedness Guide (PDF)



    Shopping for Products & Services

    • 10 Freebies (PDF)
    • Be A Savvy Shopper This Holiday Season (PDF)
    • Motor Club Services (PDF)
    • Need an Athlete Agent? (YouTube Video)
    • Preneed Funeral Contracts (PDF)
    • Prepaid Legal Services (PDF)
    • Protect Yourself from Tax Time Predators (PDF)

    Telemarketing & Telephone Issues

    • Don’t Be Deceived By Telephone Scams (PDF)
    • How to Remove Your Name from Solicitation Lists (PDF)
    • Taming Telemarketers (PDF)  
    • Understanding Your Phone Bill (PDF)
    • Questions to Ask the Telephone Charity Solicitor


    Contact Information

    Juliana Harris 
    Communications Coordinator         
         (803) 734-4296

    Fax: (803) 734-4229

    Toll Free (in South Carolina)                                  (800) 922-1594







    Helpful Links

    ID Theft Link


    Job Scams Link


    Money Matters Link


    Money Wiring Scams Link