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Spotlight

Spotlight 
 

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

ID Theft

  • 10 Ways to be a Savvier Consumer (PDF) -Here are some prevention tips to help you avoid ID theft
  • Email is Not Secure! (PDF) - Email is a common form of communication and you want to be sure you're communicating safely. Here are a few tips on how to protect sensitive and personal info via email. 
  • Child ID Theft (PDF) - Any age group can be affected by ID theft. Here are some ways to keep your child's personal info safe!
  • Security Breach Tools (PDF) - Have you gotten notice of a security breach? Find out what action steps to take and ID theft warning signs to watch out for. 

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!

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."
  • 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. 

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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.