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State & Local Consumer Agencies

State and local consumer protection offices mediate complaints, conduct investigations, prosecute offenders of consumer laws, license and regulate a variety of professionals, promote strong consumer protection legislation, provide educational materials and advocate in the consumer interest. To save time, call the office before sending in a written complaint. Ask if the office handles the type of complaint you have, and if complaint forms are provided.

State Offices
Haviard Jones
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 11549
Columbia, SC 29211
803-734-3970
Fax: 803-734-3677
Web site: www.scattorneygeneral.org

Philip Porter
Administrator/Consumer Advocate
Department of Consumer Affairs
2801 Devine Street
P.O. Box 5757
Columbia, SC 29250-5757
803-734-9452
Toll free in SC: 1-800-922-1594
Fax: 803-734-9365
E-mail: scdca@infoave.net
Web site: www.state.sc.us/consumer

W. Jefferson Bryson, Jr.
State Ombudsman
Office of Executive Policy and Program
1205 Pendleton Street, Room 308
Columbia, SC 29201
803-734-0457
TDD: 803-734-1147
Fax: 803-734-0546

State Banking Regulators

The officials listed below regulate and supervise state-chartered banks. Many of them handle or refer problems and complaints about other types of financial institutions as well. Some also answer general questions about banking and consumer credit. If you are dealing with a federally chartered bank, check the listing of Selected Federal Agencies.

Louie Jacobs
Commissioner of Banking
1015 Sumter Street
Room 309
Columbia, SC 29201
803-734-2001
Fax: 803-734-2013

State Insurance Regulators

Each state has its own laws and regulations for all types of insurance, including car, homeowner and health insurance. The officials listed below enforce these laws. Many of these offices can provide you with information to help you make informed insurance buying decisions.

Lee P. Jedziniak
Director, Department of Insurance
1612 Marion Street
P.O. Box 100105 (29202-3105)
Columbia, SC 29201
803-737-6150
Toll free in SC: 1-800-768-3467
Fax: 803-737-6231
Web site: www.state.sc.us/doi/

Sources include the Consumer's Resource Handbook, U.S. General Services Administration. We welcome updates and corrections. Please address the Webmaster.