South Carolina

Who Can You Complain to in South Carolina?

South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs
2221 Devine Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 5757
Columbia, SC 29250
(803) 734-4200/(800) 922-1594
http://www.scconsumer.gov/

To file a complaint online, click here.

South Carolina’s Laws

Here’s a snapshot of South Carolina’s laws regarding deceptive advertising:

South Carolina Code § 39-5-10 and § 39-5-20: Among other things, states that unfair or deceptive acts in advertisements are unlawful.

Possible Penalties

Some of the penalties that fraudulent or deceptive advertisers may suffer in South Carolina include:

Small Claims Court in South Carolina

If you’re not trying to recover big bucks, but rather just trying to recoup the money you spent on a product or service after being duped by a false ad, then you might consider filing a lawsuit in Small Claims Court.

For general info about filing a lawsuit in Small Claims Court, click here.

For info on how to file a Small Claims lawsuit in South Carolina, click here.

Researching Consumer Complaints

South Carolina maintains a Buyer Beware List of businesses that didn’t respond to consumer complaints or failed to provide promised resolutions.

To obtain copies of complaints consumers have filed against a business, you can also send Freedom of Information requests to:

South Carolina Office of the Attorney General
Rembert C. Dennis Building
P.O. Box 11549
Columbia, SC 29211-1549

South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs
2221 Devine St., Suite 200
P.O. Box 5757
Columbia, SC 29250-5757.

A sample Freedom of Information list can be found here.


**Please note that this page is informational only and does not take the place of legal advice.  Please also note that the above summary is meant to provide a brief look at the laws in South Carolina, and not a comprehensive list.**


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A court order that requires a person or company to do a particular act or to refrain from doing a particular act. Example? A court order prohibiting a company from using an ad that’s been deemed deceptive.

Compensation for losses that are proven to have occurred.

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