Scambusters

  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.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Water slide scams sliding into Facebook Marketplace

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

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

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

  Live 5 Scambusters: FTC report details coronavirus-related fraud

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

Continued Coverage

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

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

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers create new coronavirus danger

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

Deputies warn of scam involving fake cashier’s checks

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

  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

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

  Live 5 Scambusters: How and where to report scams

  Live 5 Scambusters: Top scams of 2019

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

  Customers claim contractor took payments, never completed swimming pools

  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.

  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.