Scambusters

  Charleston Co. Elections hopes changes will help Election Day lines

“Monumental” is the word Charleston County Elections Executive Director Joe Debney used to describe this year’s election.

  Live 5 Scambusters: New study shows COVID-19 scams jumped nearly 50,000% earlier this year

  Live 5 Scambusters: Online network provides scam resources for seniors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Live 5 Scambusters: Brushing up on brushing scams

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB says job scams target unemployed

  Live 5 Scambusters: Dominion Energy says utility scams surge again

  Live 5 Scambusters: Fake cars for sale

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

  Live 5 Scambusters: Imposter scams target contact tracing efforts

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

Live 5 Scambusters: Robocall scams offer fake coronavirus tests, personal protection equipment

While you're sitting at home social distancing yourself, scammers are calling to offer "help" during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers create new coronavirus danger

Scammers following the headlines are creating another danger with the coronavirus.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Be counted but don’t be scammed by the 2020 Census

It's time to stand up and be counted but don't be scammed by the 2020 Census.

Deputies warn of scam involving fake cashier’s checks

The Colleton County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about scammers handing out fraudulent cashier's checks.

  Live 5 Scambusters: You don’t have to pay for a 2020 Census job

The U.S. Census Bureau is still hiring thousands of workers but you need to recognize the real jobs from the scams.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Romance scammer reveals tricks of the trade

Romance scams are still some of the most expensive forms of online fraud costing victims more than $200 million in 2019.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Phony Facebook friend lures Lowcountry woman into fake grant scam

Ignoring phone calls and messages from someone you don't know is a great way to avoid scams, but you could also fall victim thanks to someone you think is a friend.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Family scammed trying to buy Monster Jam tickets on Craigslist

A family hoping to enjoy the roar of monster trucks at the North Charleston coliseum lost hundreds of dollars in a ticket scam.

  Live 5 Scambusters: FedEx delivers scam warning about phishing texts and emails

FedEx has put out a warning about a scam that may be targeting your phone.

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

A long-running jury duty scam is ramping up again around the Lowcountry and local law enforcement agencies have been sending out alerts.

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

Fans planning to make the trek to New Orleans to see Clemson play LSU for the College Football Playoff Championship game need to be aware of ticket scams that are too good to be true.

  Live 5 Scambusters: How and where to report scams

If you've been a victim of a scam, you want someone to pay but may not know how to report it.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Top scams of 2019

Scam artists have been busy in 2019 with new scams and old twists on familiar schemes.

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

An easy last-minute gift idea or stocking stuffer has become a target for scam artists. The Better Business Bureau says scam artists are targeting gift cards during the holidays.

  Customers claim contractor took payments, never completed swimming pools

The dream of swimming or hosting backyard pool parties turned into a nightmare for several Lowcountry couples who all hired the same contractor.

  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.

  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.

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

The Better Business Bureau has put out a warning about the Secret Sister Gift Exchange, calling it a scam and a pyramid scheme.

Costco says $75 coupons are a scam

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

  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.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Medical brace scam targets Medicare recipients

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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 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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  Live 5 Scambusters: The truth behind secret shopper scams

Secret Shopper programs are real, but scammers are using the opportunity to take your money.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers are 'spoofing’ bank phone numbers to send out phony alerts

Banks offer all types of fraud alerts and protection for your accounts, but scam artists are trying to use that security against you.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Genetic test scam targets Medicare recipients

Genetic testing can be helpful to assess the risk of disease, but scammers are also using the tests for identity theft and Medicare fraud.

Live 5 Scambusters: Lowcountry woman warns about RV Scam on Craigslist

Thousands of recreational vehicles are for sale online, but not all of them are what they seem.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Homeowners victimized by rental scam on Craigslist

House hunters looking for a place to rent have to be on guard for rental scams. Homeowners need to be aware too.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scam callers are pretending to be Publishers Clearing House, promising fake winnings

Publishers Clearing House gives away between 3 and 13 million dollars every year. Scam artists are using the company name to take your money.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scam targets Dominion Energy customers, threatens to shut off power

Scam artists may be using the recent merger between SCANA and Dominion Energy to find new victims.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Summerville woman nearly fell for Facebook imposter account pushing fake government grant

Money-for-nothing promises through fake Facebook accounts are becoming more common among scam artists.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Subscription renewal call threatens to take your money

A phone call about a subscription renewal charge was enough to get one Lowcountry man to call back.

Live 5 Scambusters: Privacy Awareness Week

Protecting your money and identity should always be a top priority and responsibility.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Goose Creek man warns about scam targeting grandparents

A scam targeting older victims is not only growing but is also taking more money from victims.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Be aware of work-at-home scams

Anyone looking for seasonal jobs or the chance to work from home needs to be aware of employment scams.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Data shows imposter scams are still most common

Scam artists may be finding new ways to trick you, but victims still fall for one scam more than any other.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Mt. Pleasant woman had unauthorized monthly checking account charge

A Mount Pleasant woman says a charge she didn't authorize has been hitting her checking account for months and she never noticed.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Rental scams are still popping up in the Lowcountry

If you're on the hunt for a new home to rent you need to be careful. Rental scams are still out there.

  Live 5 Scambusters: SCE&G warning customers of scam promising $1K refund that isn’t coming

Customers who call a number get an automated message

  Live 5 Scambusters: Mount Pleasant police warn of threatening scam letter

The Mount Pleasant Police Department is warning the community about a scam letter going around, threatening to expose your secrets unless you pay up.