Beware of scams in the wake of Hurricane Matthew

COLUMBIA (WCBD) – Officials are warning people affected by Hurricane Matthew that they should be aware of potential scams.

South Carolina officials say potential scams could come in the form of emails, phone calls, text messages and others.

Scams of this kind are often used against people in areas affected by natural disasters.

They offer the following tips:

  • Do not reply to emails, text or pop-up messages that ask for personal or financial information
  • Do not click on any links in suspicious email or text messages
  • Do not call a phone number contained in the e-mail or text
  • Verify the validity of communication by contacting the organization directly with information found in the phone book or the company’s website
  • Use antivirus software and a firewall and make sure they are up to date.

Report suspected scams by calling 1-844-TELL-DCA or visit and click ‘report a scam.’

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