Watching Your Wallet: How to become a 401(k) millionaire

From using a specialized retirement plan to considering using a "robo advisor," experts explain how you can grow your retirement savings.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Local law enforcement agencies issue warnings about jury duty scams

  You Paid For It: Traffic Congestion Study of Hwy. 17

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

  Live 5 Scambusters: Clemson fans need to be aware of fake National Championship tickets

  Live 5 Scambusters: How and where to report scams

  Recognizing Hate: FBI begins counting its own hate crime cases in federal data, inaccurate numbers remain

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  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

  Live 5 Scambusters: Top scams of 2019

  Woman, mother and brother receive money after filing lawsuits against North Charleston police officers

  Seizing money and assets to fund law enforcement efforts

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB warns about scams targeting holiday shoppers buying gift cards

  Customers claim contractor took payments, never completed swimming pools

Documents: James Island Charter students spent $680K on bus transportation

James Island Charter High School’s principal estimates having a new bus lot at the school could save more than $200,000 per year in transportation costs for students.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Lowcountry man falls victim to online vehicle scam through eBay Motors

A Lowcountry man trying to buy his grandchildren a truck for Christmas is out hundreds of dollars after falling victim to an online vehicle scam.

  Delay in reporting Narcan use leads to change at Charleston Co. Sheriff’s Office

Narcan is considered a life-saving drug in the ongoing opioid epidemic, but if law enforcement agencies in South Carolina are not reporting when they use it, the medication may not be on hand when it’s needed the most.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Dominion Energy alerts customers about scams during the holidays

Dominion Energy is warning customers about scam calls threatening to shut off power because of overdue bills.

  You Paid For It: Replacing James Island PSD’s oldest fire station

  Video shows man getting inside Camp Road Middle School

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

  Watching Your Wallet: Don’t break your gift budget this holiday season

  Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB calls ‘Secret Sister Gift Exchange’ an illegal pyramid scheme

  Live 5 Investigates: Charleston mayoral race attracted $175k in developer-related money

A look at their donations through State Ethics Commission filings showed both candidates accepted tens of thousands of dollars from people and companies connected to development.

Costco says $75 coupons are a scam

If you’re on Facebook a lot, chances are you’ve seen Costco coupons circulating this week.

  You Paid For It: Repairs for the storm-damaged Moncks Corner DMV

The Moncks Corner Department of Motor Vehicles office shut down after heavy wind and rain ruined the inside of the building on the Fourth of July.

  Charities breaking the law, soliciting donations while on suspension

Hundreds of charities in South Carolina are collecting money when they aren’t supposed to be and dozens of them were right here in the Lowcountry – taking in money despite being under state suspension.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scam artists impersonate Social Security more than any other agency

Scam artists are trying to get your personal information by impersonating the Social Security Administration more than any other government agency.

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

Neighborhoods with an average income of about six-figures are labeled “distressed” by the federal government.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Medical brace scam targets Medicare recipients

Scam artists are back to using medical braces in a scheme to defraud Medicare.

  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

A Virginia man bought a car from a dealership. The title and history looked clear, but it turned out the truck had a dangerous history.

  Lowcountry teacher’s certificate reinstated after plea in DUI case

A Lowcountry teacher is cleared to work in education again in South Carolina after she was charged with felony DUI and hitting a police officer three years ago.

  Live 5 Scambusters: FTC sends out scam alerts for Charity Fraud Awareness Week

Charity regulators around the world are sending out alerts before the holiday giving season as part of International Charity Fraud Awareness Week from Oct. 21-25.

  You Paid For It: Police tasers lease

When it comes to police equipment, tasers are relatively new to officers’ hips compared to guns or batons.

  New safety measures planned for Moncks Corner intersection after deadly accident

New safety measures are planned for a dangerous intersection in Moncks Corner after a deadly accident there led to a Live 5 News investigation.

  Two Charleston police officers on leave during investigation into pay for off-duty jobs

The Charleston Police Department placed two two of its officers on leave pending the outcome of an investigation into how officers are paid for working second jobs while they are off-duty.

  Live 5 Scambusters: DirecTV imposters scam Lowcountry man using fake eBay promotion

If you're thinking about cutting the cord or looking for ways to save on your cable bill, beware of scammers who may offer deals too good to be true.

  You Paid For It: Hurricane Debris Clean-up

It’s been nearly two months since the powerful Hurricane Dorian had a deadly impact in the Bahamas and caused quite a mess here in the Lowcountry.

  Charleston County libraries have banned almost 50 people over last 5 years

A review of Charleston County Public Library records show that 49 people have been banned from county libraries since 2014 for a variety of reasons.

  You Paid for It: Classroom supplies

The state budgeted $17.4 million this year to help more than 53,000 public school teachers statewide buy classroom supplies.

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.

  Hearing held over files in case of former CCSD employee Marvin Gethers

The attorney representing five children who say they were sexual assault victims of a former Charleston County School District employee went before a judge Thursday to try to get more than 1,300 documents in the case released.

  Former CCSD official agrees to retroactive suspension of teaching certificate

A former Charleston County associate superintendent agreed Tuesday to a two-year suspension of his teaching certificate in connection with his handling of the Marvin Gethers case months after the period of suspension had already ended.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers impersonating Dominion Energy target Lowcountry restaurant

A restaurant owner in North Charleston learned an expensive lesson when she became the latest victim of an ongoing scam impersonating Dominion Energy.

  You Paid For It: 86 new CCSD websites, mobile app

Charleston County schools launched a new way to communicate with students and parents through a total website makeover.

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

College graduates now owe the most money in history; experts say it's best to pay it back sooner rather than later.

  Former Orangeburg County Sheriff’s deputy receives $25,000 after suing for wrongful termination

A former deputy has received a payout after he claimed he was wrongfully terminated and defamed.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Email scam asks church members to donate gift cards for cancer patients

A scam artist tried to use a Mount Pleasant pastor’s identity to scam a congregation.

  Mt. Pleasant town attorneys under fire for questioning candidate’s qualifications

Attorneys for the Town of Mount Pleasant are under fire for questioning the qualifications of a candidate for town council.

  Settled in Secret: Court records hide who’s behind a string of child molestation cases

There are tens of thousands of settlements that wind through the court system in our state each year, according to the South Carolina Judicial Department.

  Live 5 Scambusters: FTC sues largest online dating site for playing role in romance scams

The Federal Trade Commission is going after the biggest online dating service for playing a role in a scam that costs victims more than any other.

  South Carolina chase suspect gets $205k payday after he says deputy ran him over

An Orangeburg County man said a deputy with the county sheriff’s department ran him over during a July 2014 chase that he was leading them on, according to a newly-released lawsuit.

  Live 5 Investigates: No school zone signs on College Park Road

College Park Middle School sits right off College Park Road, which is a five-lane road with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour.

  Orangeburg man paid $205k after leading deputies on a chase, complained of leg hurting

An Orangeburg County man who received a payment of $205,000 from a county insurance policy after leading deputies on a chase, jumped from his moving car and ran into the woods during that incident, newly-released incident reports state.

  Seabrook Island family warns of golf cart chargers following fire

A Seabrook Island family is raising the alarm after a rental golf cart ignited in their driveway, catching their home on fire.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Recognizing a car wrap scam

Companies will pay you to turn your own car into a rolling advertisement, but not every opportunity is real.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Avoiding disaster scams after Hurricane Dorian

A few common scams pop up after hurricanes and other natural disasters and scam artists target victims who may already be vulnerable.

SC authorities warn residents about property repair scams after Hurricane Dorian

Officials with the department of labor, licensing and regulation want to warn South Carolina property owners about scams following Hurricane Dorian

  Live 5 Investigates: Baby’s photo posted by hospital worker without permission

A Summerville mother was notified by MUSC that a picture of her baby was posted online without her permission and it’s not the first time the family received a letter about privacy violations at the hospital.

  Live 5 Scambusters: The importance of reporting every scam

As federal investigators track down scam artists, consumer scam reports could provide a key piece of evidence to solve a case.

  You Paid For It: State-funded Pre-K

Pre-kindergarten programs help kids improve social and academic skills and can even help reduce future crime, according to the National Education Association.

  Researcher sues MUSC, receives $35K settlement

A recent payout on behalf of the Medical University of South Carolina involves a doctor who sued the University of South Carolina alleging that an inappropriate relationship between a fellow researcher and a supervisor led to harassment and emotional distress.

  You Paid for It: Charleston introduces ‘Bigbelly’ trash cans

The City of Charleston is excited to introduce new Bigbelly trash cans throughout downtown.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scam warning for college students as fall semester begins

As thousands of college students start a new semester on campus, they need to be aware of common scams targeting them.

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

  Woman sues police, bank for false arrest after ATM visit

A North Charleston woman is suing local police and her bank after she says she was wrongly arrested for forgery.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Social Security is now the top target for government imposters

Pretending to be a government official is the top option for scam artists, according to new data from the Federal Trade Commission.

  You Paid For It: Community funds Back-To-School Festival in Berkeley County

The OneBerkeley Initiative raises money all year long to support education in Berkeley county.

Orangeburg County man paid $205k after leading police on a chase

Orangeburg County paid out $205,000 in damages and more than $56,000 in expenses to a man court records state pleaded guilty to not pulling over for police in June 2014.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

InvestigateTV shows issues with undercounting hate crimes, including the FBI failing to meet a federal mandate to report. After months of reporting on this issue, this documentary also highlights results of the investigation, including police departments amending their records.

  Live 5 Investigates: Medical records listed on auction site

The reality show Storage Wars gives you a peek at what happens when people renting storage units fail to pay the bill.In South Carolina, if a storage unit renter doesn’t pay the bill for 30 days, facilities can start the auction process.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Refunds coming to victims of tech support scam

Thousands of victims of a tech support scam are getting refund checks courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission.

  You Paid For It: New Park-And-Ride option in N. Chas

The white paint still looks fresh on the parking lot, which is already full of cars. A new Park-and-Ride facility is now located off Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.

  Trident Medical allowed to add beds for psychiatric patients after paying a fine for health violation

Trident Medical paid a $20,000 from DHEC. The hospital says, "a positive outcome of the consent order is we were granted permission to increase the number of our inpatient behavioral health beds to 25 from 17."

  Watching Your Wallet: Decade-by-decade, experts help you save for retirement

By retirement, financial experts say you should have at least eight times your annual salary saved up. NerdWallet explains how to get there, decade-by-decade.

You (Didn’t) Pay For It: VW Settlement funds propane school buses

Several state school districts are getting new propane-fueled school buses worth more than $100,000 each.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Beware of fake websites targeting the Equifax settlement

The Federal Trade Commission put out a warning about attempts to use the Equifax settlement to steal your money or identity.

  College of Charleston dealing with a shortage of public safety officers

The College of Charleston has a shortage of public safety officers, with eight vacancies on the force.

  Tarnished badges: Officers charged with protecting us ending up charged with a crime

Over the last two years, 96 officers have been charged with a crime, 21 of them in the Lowcountry.

  You Paid For It: School grants to help trauma patients

Teachers are expected to educate students, discipline them and keep them safe.

  Discipline concerns from CCSD alternative school paint picture of what’s going on inside school walls

New plans are in the works after concerns were raised about a North Charleston alternative high school.