Scambusters

  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: The importance of reporting every scam

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

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

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

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

  Live 5 Scambusters: The truth behind secret shopper scams

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

  Live 5 Scambusters: Genetic test scam targets Medicare recipients

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

  Live 5 Scambusters: Homeowners victimized by rental scam on Craigslist

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

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

  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

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

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

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

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

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

  Live 5 Scambusters: Avoiding those annoying robocalls

Robocalls have reached an epidemic level and, despite new laws and legal victories, you are still the best defense against these annoying calls.

  Live 5 Scambusters: IRS issues new phone scam warning

The tax deadline is only a few weeks away, but the IRS has a new scam warning.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Orangeburg Sheriff warns about threatening tax letter now circulating

The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office has issued a warning about fake letters circulating that threaten wage garnishment and property seizure if back taxes aren't paid.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Protecting against identity theft

The first week in March is National Consumer Protection Week and South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs is offer ways to keep your identity safe.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Social Security scam calls on the rise

Robocalls aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon and scam artists are still coming after your money and your identity.

  Live 5 Scambusters: ‘Facebook friend’ lures Summerville couple into government grant scam

Summerville couple learned just how far scam artists will go to lure in victims

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scammed for love and money

While millions of people celebrate love on Valentine’s Day, millions of others find themselves alone, longing for companionship. Scam artists continue to prey on lonely victims through online relationships destined to end in heartbreak.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Romance scams are on the rise

The online romance scam is now one of the fastest growing scams out there. Scammers target victims through dating sites or social media.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Couple scammed trying to save on energy bills

A Goose Creek couple thought they’d found a way to lower their energy costs but ended up with big bills and no savings.

  Live 5 Scambusters: A new twist on jury duty scams

The jury duty scam has been around for years, but scam artists are taking their efforts to a new level to convince potential victims.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Government shutdown creates holes in scam protection

As the partial government shutdown stretches on, scammers may be taking advantage of a gap in protection.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Promise of extra cash turns into potential check fraud

If you spent more than you planned over the holidays and are looking for extra income, you need to be on high alert for scammers disguised with opportunities for quick and easy money.

  Live 5 Scambusters: James Island man falls victim to online puppy scam

If you're thinking about buying a new puppy and you've found a loveable dog online, you need to take some steps to make sure you don't get taken by a puppy scam.

  Live 5 Scambusters: North Charleston family caught up in imposter scam

If you or other family members may be separated from loved ones during the holidays, scammers may try to create a fake crisis to dupe you out of money.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Don’t give an empty gift card

As we get closer to Christmas, you may run out of time and find yourself buying more gift cards than actual gifts. These are easy gifts and easy targets for scammers.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Stopping the texting scams

You probably get random text messages from time to time that promise big money or big savings. Just like phishing emails, these messages are only benefiting scam artists.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Avoiding the charity Grinch

The season of giving is well underway, and if you plan on making charitable donations before the end of the year, make sure your money doesn't end up in the hands of a charity Grinch.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Avoiding online scams on Cyber Monday

As more people plan to stay home on Black Friday and shop online, scam artists are trying to take advantage.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Summerville woman reports DirecTV scam

If you haven’t cut the cord, you need to be aware of a scam going around, offering special promotions to lower your cable bill.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Spotting a fake job scam

If you're hunting for a new job, be aware of scam artists posing as employers with enticing job offers. If the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Avoiding a secret shopper scam

As holiday shopping season ramps up and people look for extra spending money, secret shopper scams are starting to pick up.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Importance of reporting spoofed calls

While trick-or-treaters go knocking on doors for Halloween, scammers are busy trick-or-treating every day.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Rehab center has identity stolen through Google Maps

When it comes to saving someone from addiction, every minute could precious. The Charleston Recovery Center says it got hit with an online scam that could be a life or death situation.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Avoiding a disaster scam after recent hurricanes

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Michael and Florence, you may be looking for ways to help. Take a moment to protect yourself so you don’t become a victim too.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Securing yourself after the Facebook breach

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and in light of the recent Facebook breach, it's a good time to consider creating stronger passwords.

  Live 5 Scambusters: IRS scams return ahead of tax extension deadline

Live 5 Scambusters: IRS scams return ahead of tax extension deadline

  Live 5 Scambusters: Woman falls victim to rental scam

After paying $3,000 in deposit and rent, a Summerville woman figured out she had become the victim of a rental scam.

Live 5 Scambusters: Mother and daughter "escape" kidnapping scam

A frightening threat to a loved one is turning out to be a gut-wrenching scam popping up around South Carolina. Imposter scams continue to be the most common cases of fraud in South Carolina.

  Live 5 Scambusters: A warning from victims of jury duty scams

Lowcountry victims of an ongoing jury duty phone scam are sharing their stories to warn others and stop the scammers.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers impersonate lottery jackpot winner

As the country waits for the winner of July's Mega Millions jackpot to claim the half-billion dollar prize, scammers are waiting too.

  Live 5 Scambusters: ‘Sextortion’ scams target online dating apps

As the world of online dating continues to grow, it's becoming a new feeding ground for scammers. About one in five people begin relationships through an online dating app.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers disguised as tech support

Malware and viruses are nothing new, but this week the Federal Trade Commission is warning about a scam disguised as an attack on your computer.

  Live 5 Scambusters: How to spot phishing emails

As various email services work to secure your account and identity, scammers are trying to use that extra security to trick you.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Military targeted by imposter calls

July is Military Consumer Month and the Federal Trade Commission is posting weekly alerts about scams targeting service members, veterans and their families.

  Live 5 Scambuster: Phone call claims to be from Berkeley Co. deputies

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office says you may be getting a phone call that appears to be from one of it's deputies, but it won't be a real deputy on the other end of the line.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Facebook phishing messages

Facebook is not only a way to communicate with friends, it's also a source of your identity scammers are trying to steal.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Woman scammed paying rent for Summerville home

A woman in Summerville says she is the victim of a home rental scam that cost her more than $3,000.

  Live 5 Scambuster: Jury duty scam

Jury duty is a civic responsibility and should be taken seriously, but so should scammers who may be threatening you when you've done nothing wrong.