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Hurricane Matthew Update: Don’t Be Victimized by Fraudulent Contractors or Disaster Workers

Conway, South Carolina - Although there have been no reports of fraudulent activity in Horry County, it is important for residents to exercise diligence as disaster response teams begin to enter our area. 

Here are some tips to remember to safeguard against fraud:

  • Ask to see proper identification.
  • Safeguard personal information. Be cautious when giving personal information to anyone. Legitimate service providers will not ask for personal information such as bank account numbers or social security numbers.
  • Beware of people going door-to-door. People knocking on doors at damaged homes or phoning homeowners claiming to be building contractors could be con artists, especially if they ask for personal information or solicit money.

If you feel unsafe when individuals come on your property, call 911 for local law enforcement assistance.

To further protect against fraud, citizens are encouraged to always use licensed and bonded contractors and ask for credentials. Use South Carolina contractors if you can.  To find out if a contractor is licensed in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s website and look under contractors and residential home builders or call (803) 896-4696.

Any resident with questions about the ongoing Hurricane Matthew response and recovery actions can contact the South Carolina Public Information Phone System toll free at 1-866-246-0133 or Horry County Emergency Management at 843-915-5150.

Telephone Scam Warning

Conway, South Carolina-The Horry County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert the community of a telephone scam that is going on around our area.  

A person or persons are calling people in Horry County, identifying themselves as a Deputy with the Horry County Sheriff’s Office.  The caller tells the person they failed to report for jury duty and must pay a fine or a bench warrant will be issued for their immediate arrest. Or, the caller tells the person they are late on a loan payment and must pay immediately or go to jail.  The caller tells the person to go immediately to a bank or Wal-mart money store and send/wire the money for the fine or a Deputy Sheriff will go to their residence and arrest them.  The caller seems believable because the caller may have personal information like the person’s address. The caller will also leave a phone number for the person to call back and when the person call’s back the voicemail message says “Horry County Sheriff’s Office”.  The caller is very persistent and will call sometimes several times a day until he/she speaks to someone on the phone.  

The Horry County Sheriff’s Office does not collect fines for contempt of court, failure to appear in court, or loan payments. Our deputies will also never ask a person to go to a bank or money center and ask someone to wire money for any bond or fine.  Our deputies will never ask for immediate payment with a credit or debit card.  

If you ever have a question about the identity of one of our deputies, please call our main number, 843-915-5450.  Our administrative office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm.       

If you receive one of these calls, please hang up immediately.  Do not send money.   If you have been a victim of this scam and would like to report it, please call Sgt. Sherri Smith at 843-915-8571.  

Probate Court Scam

Conway, South Carolina-The Horry County Sheriff’s Office has been contacted by Horry County Probate Judge Deirdre Edmonds about a possible scam/fraud relating to her office.  Judge Edmonds was notified by a resident of Horry County that an unknown person came to their door, said they were with the Horry County Probate Court, and inquired about a recent death that occurred in their family.   It is not known the intentions of this individual, but these types of suspects sometimes prey on individuals that may be vulnerable and in an emotional state to gain access to their home or to defraud them of money.  All employees of The Horry County Probate Court carry an ID card that identifies them as such.  If anyone has any questions or concerns, please call Sgt. Jeff Benton at 843-915-8578 or the Horry County Probate Court at 843-915-5370.            

From Probate Judge Deirdre Edmonds:   The Horry County Probate Court handles the administration of estates of deceased persons.  Typically, after a person dies the family of the deceased person will call or visit the Probate Court to inquire about the administration of their loved one’s estate.  The Probate Court does not solicit families of deceased persons and we never send Court employees or representatives to the homes of deceased persons inquiring about their death or property.   The only time a representative of the Probate Court visits a person’s home is when a guardianship or conservatorship action has been filed in the Probate Court for an incapacitated adult who is unable to manage his or her own personal or financial affairs. 

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.