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The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs and the Federal Trade Commision both provide valuable resources that can help consumers avoid fraudulent transactions and scams.
 
Information on Cyberattack against Department of Revenue
 
As a public service, the Secretary of State is posting the following links that provide information on actions that can be taken in light of the cyberattack against the Department of Revenue.

"Protect My ID" offered by the Department of Revenue
A national consumer protection service that monitors changes to your credit.

Business ID Theft
Provides resources and tools for those who may be victims of business ID theft.

Complaints Against Businesses

The Secretary of Stateís Office does not receive complaints against business entities. Additionally, the Secretary of Stateís Office does not have the authority to investigate business entities. Consumers who have complaints against South Carolina businesses arising out of the promotion or sale of consumer goods or services should direct their complaints to the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs. The Website for the Department of Consumer Affairs is http://www.scconsumer.gov/ and the phone number is (803) 734-4200.

Consumers may also contact the Better Business Bureau at http://www.bbb.org/.

Do Not Call Registry

To register your phone number with the Federal Trade Commissionís Do Not Call Registry, visit the following Website: www.ftc.gov/donotcall

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ALERT! Please be advised that scam emails are being distributed using the Secretary of State's name and other official state agency names in the email text in an attempt to legitimize their scheme. The Secretary of State does not endorse any specific fundraising operations and cautions you to GIVE FROM THE HEART, BUT PLEASE GIVE SMART. Please use the online Charitable Complaint form to report any possible scams.