COLUMBIA, SC (WBTW) – State officials are making people affected by Hurricane Matthew aware of potential scams that could come in the form of emails, phone calls and text messages. Scams of this kind are often times used against individuals in areas that have recently been affected by natural disasters such as Hurricane Matthew.
The press release from the SC Emergency Management Division warns people to avoid replying to an e-mail, text or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information, clicking on any links in an email or text message or opening the link into your browser and calling a phone number contained in the e-mail or text.
Experts say its best to verify the validity of the communication by contacting the organization directly, with contact information that you’ve found in the phone book or by going to the company’s website and to use antivirus or anti-spyware software and a firewall.
Consumers are encouraged to report scams to SCDCA either by calling 844-TELL-DCA (835-5322) or visiting consumer.sc.gov and clicking REPORT A SCAM.
For more information visit scemd.org or follow @SCEMD on Twitter and Facebook