Live 5 Scambusters: A package waiting for delivery may be a scam

If you’re a big online shopper and receive frequent packages at home, scammers could be targeting you.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB warns about spoofed pages to hide poor ratings

  Four million Americans waited more than 4 weeks for their first unemployment check

  You Paid For It: Charleston Co. schools spent millions protecting students, faculty from COVID-19

  CDC reporting ‘troubling’ drop in vaccinations for kids during COVID-19 pandemic

  Live 5 Scambusters: Water slides ordered but something else is delivered

  Teachers: Different strategies planned for keeping attendance this upcoming school year

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  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB says sweepstakes scams are using the COVID-19 pandemic, targeting seniors more

  Live 5 Scambusters: Finding free education on a variety of scams

Dept. of Consumer Affairs offers free help to spot job scams

  ’Pandemic Pod’ organizers could face penalties if they operate without SC childcare license

  South Carolina disabilities department reports 36 COVID-19 deaths

  Charleston Co. Schools spends $1.2 million on virtual academy they may not fully use

  You Paid For It: New yard waste process should save county money

The Bees Ferry landfill in West Ashley brought in about 70,000 tons of yard waste alone last year.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Don’t be counted as a victim of Census scams

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the U.S. Census Bureau a curveball and delayed the process, but as the push to finish the count ramps up, scammers may take advantage.

  Charleston Co. teacher: District ‘not being honest’ about letting teachers choose

Some Charleston County teachers are pushing back after school district officials said publicly they have a choice about teaching in-person classes.

  State investigates reports of people ‘double dipping’ in unemployment funds

Since the coronavirus pandemic started, South Carolina’s Department of Employment and Workforce has seen hundreds of thousands of claims for unemployment.

In-person classes to resume at center serving those with disabilities, special needs

  You Paid For It: New water well in Awendaw coming soon

  Live 5 Scambusters: FTC warns about new round of COVID-19 relief scams

  Hundreds of evictions filed in the Tri-County since moratorium lifted

  COVID-19 and the Cafeteria: School districts release fall safety plans

  Parties in the pandemic: What experts and Lowcountry laws say

  Hospitals looking at protocols in place for tropical systems in the midst of coronavirus

Three months into hurricane season and with the most active months still ahead, hospitals around the Lowcountry are not only getting their response plans in place but also figuring out how to deal with a tropical system in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Brushing up on brushing scams

If you receive a package in the mail that you didn't order, you may be part of a scam and not even know it.

  Fact or Fiction: Profiting off pandemic patients?

Some social media posts that are circulating question whether the count of COVID cases is accurate, claiming that hospitals could be inclined to inflate the numbers for financial benefit.

  State addresses COVID-19 and staffing concerns at Coastal Center

In the days since Live 5 News revealed dozens of COVID-19 cases associated with a center for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Dorchester County, more than 15 workers at the facility have reached out expressing concerns.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB says moving season is always busy for scammers

As students head back to college and leases come up, people are on the move and scammers are ready to lighten their load and their wallet.

  Teachers face limited options as districts decide school reopening plans

As anxieties soar about a possible return to classrooms next month, teachers are considering their options.

  Live 5 Scambusters: IRS investigator highlights ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of top tax scams

Tax scams typically hit their peak around the filing deadline in April, but the IRS says the delayed deadline means scammers are still working several scams to get your money.

  Charleston Co. School District parent survey results for upcoming school year

According the parents, most kids are handling the pandemic just fine. 77% said their child was doing “well” or “extremely well” this summer despite the stress of COVID-19.

  Tri-County families say homeschool is good option for their children

Two homeschool families in the tri-county explain why they choose this educational arrangement, how they make it work, and most importantly, how their kids like it.

  31 Coastal Regional Center employees test positive for COVID-19

A sign outside the Coastal Regional Center near Ladson reads “heroes at work,” but the agency in charge of the facility confirms that a number of those heroes are testing positive for the coronavirus.

Berkeley County says 7 EMS workers have tested positive for COVID-19

After previously declining to disclose how many Emergency Medical Services employees were diagnosed with COVID-19, Berkeley County announced on Thursday that a total of seven EMS workers have tested positive for the virus.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Vacation rental scams popping up on Lowcountry beaches

The Lowcountry is always a popular tourist spot, even during a pandemic, and scammers are using enticing offers to cash in on eager travelers.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Reports show military more vulnerable to employment scams

As the COVID-19 pandemic creates new financial challenges, scam artists are targeting members of the U.S. military.

  Technology a challenge for some rural South Carolina school districts

The South Carolina Department of Education estimates at least 150,000 households with students in our state do not have internet.

  You Paid For It: New healthcare company for Charleston County inmates

The Charleston County jail is working with a new health care company to treat sick inmates.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Federal agencies issue new warnings for scams involving masks, contact tracing

The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have put out new warnings about coronavirus scams involving masks and contact tracing.

  You Paid For It: COVID costs for local cities and counties

Personal Protective Equipment such as masks, gloves and face shield are some of the top expenses for our local counties and cities during the ongoing crisis.

  You Paid For It: Calhoun statue removal

Construction crews removed the statue of John C. Calhoun from downtown Charleston's Marion Square two days ago.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB says job scams target unemployed

At a time when so many people are looking for work, the Better Business Bureau says unemployed workers are easy targets for scammers.

  Billions in USDA grants distributed to farmers, ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given billions of dollars in CARES Act money to farmers who are struggling during the pandemic.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Dominion Energy says utility scams surge again

The paychecks may have stopped coming for a while but the bills haven’t and that could make you a prime target for a familiar scam.

  Federal funding helping but not solving rural health struggles

Hospitals across the country are facing a more than $200-billion financial hit right now, according to the American Hospital Association. And that’s just from the last four months during the pandemic.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Fake cars for sale

If you're in the market for a new car or truck, be careful where you shop because scammers are hiding online scams in plain sight.

  Charleston protester arrested on Sunday disputes charge

A man who was arrested during the protest downtown Charleston Sunday says he doesn’t believe his arrest or others’ arrests were justified.

  62 people arrested after weekend protests, riots in Charleston

Sixty-two people have been arrested so far in connection to the protests and riots this weekend in downtown Charleston, according to Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds.

  Local summer camps adapt to CDC guidelines

Many parents depend on summer camps to help with child care between school years.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB warns about two pet-related scams

Whether you're shopping for a new pet or trying to make extra cash pet sitting, the Better Business Bureau says scammers are on the prowl.

  Local hospitals receive $84M federal funding so far

South Carolina hospitals and healthcare providers have received at least $495 million so far in federal stimulus relief as part of CARES Act funding.

  Local attorney discusses baby powder lawsuit

This week, Johnson & Johnson announced that after a "portfolio assessment related to COVID-19" the company will permanently discontinue 100 SKUs, including its talc-based baby powder.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Imposter scams target contact tracing efforts

As health officials ramp up contact tracing to identify cases of COVID-19 scam artists are trying to take advantage.

  SC school district being run from three states, inspector general finds

The South Carolina Public Charter School District had members of its staff working from Colorado and Florida, according a newly-released report by the state’s inspector general.

  You Paid for it: $65M CARES Act funding to SC DSS for kids and families

South Carolina’s Department of Social Services received nearly $65 million from the CARES Act to help children and families during the COVID crisis.

  South Carolina OSHA handling more complaints during pandemic

Our state's workplace watchdog has seen an uptick in complaints about safety violations since the COVID-19 crisis began.

  Dozens of nursing homes cited for infection-related deficiencies early this year now have COVID-19 cases

An analysis of state nursing home inspections and records of COVID-19 infections associated with nursing homes by the Washington Post reveals dozens of facilities had infection-related violations in the months before coronavirus infections.

  SC cattle farmers worry about their future, warn of beef shortage

South Carolina farmers are warning of a beef shortage in the weeks to come as many of them are worrying about their own futures.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB issues warning about retail coupon scams on social media

The Better Business Bureau says fake retail coupons are popping up on Facebook again. These fake coupons are trying to steal your identity or put malware on your computer.

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

Scammers are looking to take advantage of unemployed and furloughed workers looking for job online. They're even using common job search websites to target people.

  Restaurants, hospitals top SC unemployment claims

While initial unemployment claims in South Carolina decreased for the third week in a row, there were still 46,747 people who filed initial claims this past week.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Water slide scams sliding into Facebook Marketplace

What appeared to be a great deal on Facebook Marketplace to entertain the kids turned out to be a scam.

  Fact or Fiction: Do you have to pay back the stimulus check next tax season?

It is important to be on high alert for scams related to your stimulus check.

  Drug Dependence: COVID-19 weakens already fragile U.S. drug supply

Unlike many other countries, the FDA doesn't require a "made in" label on drugs, even though the federal agency estimates 80% of the ingredients and 40% of the finished drugs are manufactured overseas.

  You Paid For It: CARES Act Funding for Charleston County

Not only did millions of Americans receive direct stimulus payments because of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, but some county governments are also receiving funding.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Lowcountry mother saves son from fake check scam

Scammers are targeting your money even if you've been hit hard by the coronavirus shutdown and make sure you read the fine print if you get a check in the mail.

  Hospitals starting to reschedule surgeries from cancellations due to COVID-19

Some hospitals are starting to reschedule surgeries they had to cancel because of the COVID-19 crisis.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Beware of lottery imposters and cash giveaway scams

For millions of Americans now living without paychecks, a five-figure cash giveaway could be enticing. An old scam is circling back during this latest financial crisis.

  Hazard pay for some local county workers

Millions of workers across the country have been laid off or furloughed because of the new coronavirus, while others are working from home if possible

  Thousands, possibly millions, haven’t received stimulus check because of IRS error

Some of the eighty million stimulus checks that went out last week weren’t received by people in desperate need.

Dominion Energy warns customers of scam calls as company sees spike during pandemic

Dominion Energy is warning their customers as the company reports a spike in scam calls during the pandemic.

  South Carolina ventilator usage down 6% since last week

The state health department says South Carolina hospitals are using fewer ventilators right now than they were one week ago.

  Live 5 Scambusters: FTC report details coronavirus-related fraud

New data from the Federal Trade Commission shows a sharp increase in Coronavirus-related fraud and scams in April.

  How Lowcountry counties and cities are coping with COVID-19

Several Lowcountry cities and counties are freezing all hiring during the COVID-19 crisis.They are also spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on equipment for staff and first responders.

  Live 5 Scambusters: New task force takes aim at Coronavirus scams and fraud

Scam artists have been preying on fears of the coronavirus and fraud as been rampant during this pandemic but a new task force has been started to battle the unseen enemy.

  Over half of SC’s child care facilities have chosen to close amid COVID-19 outbreak

South Carolina child care centers do not have to close during the COVID crisis, but can if they choose to.

  Fact or Fiction: African Americans and COVID-19

Early numbers in some cities show the new coronavirus is disproportionately infecting African Americans.

  SC DSS: Child abuse reports down during pandemic

Reports of child abuse are down nearly forty percent in South Carolina from this time last year.Unfortunately, that does not mean abuse is actually down.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers want your stimulus check as much as you

Scam artists are trying a variety of tricks to get their hands on your stimulus relief check before you do.