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Horry County Sheriff’s Office To Co-Host Shred Event To Protect Against Identity Theft

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Sheriff’s Office, along with AARP South Carolina and Shred Alert, is hosting a shred event on Friday, May 31, 2019, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. To help fight back against identity theft, the public is encouraged to bring up to three bags or boxes of your old personal information (staples & paperclips do not have to be removed) to a mobile shredding truck that will be located at the Horry County Government & Justice Center, 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway.

Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. Identity theft has become one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States.

One of the biggest ways to protect against identity theft is to shred personal information. Also, if you are traveling, have your mail held at your local post office or ask a trusting neighbor to collect your mail while you are away. You should check financial information regularly, paying special attention to what should and what shouldn’t be there.

For more information about identity theft and how to protect yourself, go to the United States Department of Justice website. For more information on the upcoming shred event, contact AARP South Carolina at 866.389.5655.



Horry County Sheriff's Office Scam Alert

Conway, South Carolina-The Horry County Sheriff's Office has been advised by the Horry County Police about a report that their officers have taken recently about a potential scam that someone is using to get money from residents.  An unknown suspect or suspects is calling residents and telling them that they are a Deputy with the Sheriff's Office and that they have a summons that needs to be paid and are asking the victim to give them a credit card number.  What is interesting to note is that the phone number that is coming up when the suspect(s) are calling is the main line from the Sheriff's Office.  We are aware that there are apps that change phone numbers and make a call look like it is coming from another number.  The call is not coming from the Horry County Sheriff's Office.

The Horry County Sheriff's Office will NEVER ask anyone for money over the telephone.  Payments for summons, traffic tickets, etc. are paid at the local magistrate's office and not the Sheriff's Office.  We are unaware if anyone has actually given any money to the suspect(s).  If this type of incident has happened to you, please call the Horry County Police at 843-915-5350 or your local law enforcment.



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