Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

  Emails show behind the scenes of how Myrtle Beach prepared for COVID-19

  COVID-19 testing in S.C. increases by 1,000+ but true number of tests unknown

  Unemployment claims increase across U.S. but impact to SC still unknown

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel insurance likely won’t cover coronavirus-related cancellations

  WMBF Investigates: S.C. lawmakers seek to protect future pool buyers

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  Watching Your Wallet: With coronavirus causing market volatility, financial experts help you watch your nest egg

  DHEC: 2,000 COVID-19 tests available in S.C. as virus spreads

  Sanitized: Online listings for hand sanitizer, disinfectant advertise inflated prices

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

  WMBF Investigates: Fact checking claims around the coronavirus

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Biden leads candidates in South Carolina donations

  WMBF Investigates: Trapped in a timeshare

The couple has owned their timeshare for nearly 20 years and said they've run into multiple roadblocks, even lost money, in their attempts to get out of their timeshare contract.

  WMBF Investigates: Potholes costing drivers and state of S.C.

Potholes are more than just a bump in the road for South Carolina drivers; the road hazard can cause major damage to cars and injuries to drivers.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

  It’s Your Money: Myrtle Beach continues spending to study downtown

The city employed a local company to study the current and future infrastructure needs in downtown before it goes forward with major plans.

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

MAP: Unexploded ordnances discovered in Horry County

  It’s Your Money: Hurricane damage costs South Carolina millions during last 6 months

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

  'Shots fired, shots fired’: MBPD releases dashcam footage of deadly officer-involved shooting

  WMBF Investigates: Federal data shows opioid distribution on the decline, but S.C. still ranks high

  It’s Your Money: Horry County school district plans new use for vacant school

The Horry County School District is moving forward on a nearly $1 million project to repurpose the former Myrtle Beach Intermediate School.

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

Current and former NFL players say they have tested positive for drugs because of contaminated supplements. Scientists say it's a problem not just for athletes but anyone taking supplements - particularly those in performance-enhancement categories like weight loss and muscle building.

  Horry County ranks top in the state for HOA complaints

Complaints from Horry County accounted for 22% of total statewide complaints, according to a new report released by the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs.

  Without Warning: Why the Loris High School tornado took everyone by surprise

Tornadoes touching down without warning is rare in South Carolina. WMBF Investigates dives into the January 13 tornado to answer why no warning was issued and what officials can do to better prepare residents the next time disaster strikes.

  ‘He gave me so many excuses’: Customers warn others after purchasing HVAC system on Facebook Marketplace

Police reports, criminal charges and social media posts show a string of complaints tied to one man advertising HVAC services on Facebook. Former customers are speaking out.

  It’s Your Money: S.C. bill would allocate millions of dollars for flood victims

A proposed bill in South Carolina would establish the Resilience Revolving Fund to assist communities who participate in FEMA buyout programs.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County inmate population down but more resources may be needed

Horry County added 12 new correction officers over the last three years but 21 more officers may be needed in the future if the inmate population begins to increase.

  Recognizing Hate: FBI begins counting its own hate crime cases in federal data, inaccurate numbers remain

After years of breaking the law, the FBI has finally and quietly released its own hate crime statistics. As InvestigateTV uncovered in Measure of Hate, while the FBI published annual hate crime statistics, the agency failed to release its own numbers.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

From maxing out retirement contributions to checking your car insurance rates, experts say there are a few smart financial steps to take before the new year starts.

  Year in Review: WMBF Investigates looks at HOA complaints, pool companies, more

2019 has been quite the year, from HOA complaints to property scams to construction issues.

  ‘I’ve seen people die’: Horry County nonprofit says more funding needed to combat opioid crisis

South Carolina lawmakers dedicated $4.75 million for opioid response in the last year and a half.

  WMBF Investigates: How are CCU’s football attendance numbers calculated?

Since Coastal Carolina University made the switch to the Sun Belt Conference, the university has spent millions on upgrades and reportedly increased its game attendance by thousands, but empty stands remain.

  It’s Your Money: Election costs on the rise in the Grand Strand

Hundreds of voters in Horry County cast their vote in November elections, WMBF Investigates breaks down the election expense to each municipality.

  Low number of specially trained sexual assault nurses impacts S.C. victims

A lack of trained nurses can impact the collection of evidence that can make or break a sexual assault case.

  Myrtle Beach residents face HOA violations for driving commercial vehicles into neighborhood

A Myrtle Beach property manager says he's never encountered this violation before in 15 years and it goes beyond the scope of what an HOA is in place to do.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County Animal Care Center benefits from Community Benefit Fund

Councilman Harold Worley’s donation of $25,000 to the center will make waiving adoption fees possible.

  It’s Your Money: Charities don’t always benefit from professional fundraisers

More than half of the South Carolina based charities that worked with professional fundraisers received less than half of the money raised.

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

Sham veterans and first-responder charities have been put out of business for misusing donations but their third-party, for-profit fundraisers remain in business.

  Watching Your Wallet: Don’t break your gift budget this holiday season

Americans plan to spend an average of $825 on holiday gifts this year, according to NerdWallet. Experts give you ways to stay on budget and find the best deals.

  Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

Professional fundraisers are for-profit companies that contract with charities to solicit donations by telephone or through the mail. The industry is loosely regulated and can keep as much as 100% of donated dollars.

  ‘Too many people don’t believe these children’: Recognizing child sex abuse signs could change court outcomes

Only 2-3 percent of sexually abused children show physical signs, according to Dr. Elizabeth Morphis with the Durant Children's Center. Instead the public needs to look out for change in behavior and not ignore red flags.

  WMBF Investigates: Is S.C. doing enough to protect children from sexual assault?

Nearly 10,000 sexual offense charges involving minors have been filed in South Carolina since 2013. Sixty-three percent of the charges were dismissed; a number many would like to see decrease.

WMBF Investigates: Is S.C. doing enough to protect children from sexual assault?

Childhoods stripped away too soon - a grim reality happening too often across South Carolina.

  It’s Your Money: Myrtle Beach calls dollars invested in lawsuit a ‘meritless fishing expedition’

Horry County and the Horry County School District filed a lawsuit against Myrtle Beach claiming it misused millions of tax funds meant for the redevelopment projects at the former Air Force Base.

  Campground members betrayed, heartbroken after business cancels membership without notice

New owners purchased the Myrtle Beach campground, Cypress Camping Resort, in September, but decided not to continue camping memberships; a move that left dozens out thousands of dollars.

  It’s Your Money: Lawmakers want to use $2 billion budget surplus to lower taxes

Some state lawmakers are suggesting part of the $2 billion budget surplus should be used to reform South Carolina's tax system.

WMBF Investigates: Over $1.2 million spent on legal fees in hospitality tax battle

The legal costs surrounding the hospitality fee battle are climbing.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Schools report increase in weapons found on campus

Locally, the number of reported weapons doubled in the 2018-19 school year compared to the previous year.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County’s Election Dept. adds new positions, but staffing remains low

For the first time in ten years, Horry County approved funding for two new positions in its Voters Registration and Elections department but it's staffing total remain low based on the number of voters.

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

Neighborhoods with an average income of about six-figures are labeled “distressed” by the federal government.

  Pawleys Island debates what role part-time residents should have in elections

Residents question the legality of a mayoral candidate running for election by using the address of his Inn while his other house is outside town limits.

  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

A Virginia man bought a car from a dealership. The title and history looked clear, but it turned out the truck had a dangerous history.

  It’s Your Money: How your old TVs could increase your water bills

Recycling electronics cost Horry County around $750,000 each year and that cost will be increasing because at state law if local leaders don't find a solution.

  Customers say RV purchase turned into a ‘nightmare’

Two consumers say their brand new RVs needed repair soon after they purchased them from Camping World in Myrtle Beach.

  It’s Your Money: Conway’s investment that keeps water bills low

Conway budgets around $600,000 a year to replace water meters throughout the city.

  ‘It is literally one of the best feelings in the world’: Medical tourist returns home

One man traveled 2,517 miles - roughly 37 hours drive time - to Tijuana, Mexico to undergo what he calls a life-saving procedure.

  WMBF Investigates: Reports claim Florence DJ contacted teen girls via social media, paid them for sex

A Florence DJ at the center of a human trafficking case communicated with teens through social media platforms, asked them to pass around his flyers, and paid them for sex, according to law enforcement reports obtained by WMBF News.

  It’s Your Money: City seeks consultant to study utility rates

Utility rates in Myrtle Beach could go up after a consultant reviews if the city is charging the correct amount in fees to cover operations and projects.

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.

  It’s Your Money: Cost of updating Horry County flood maps

Horry County hired a consultant years ago to prove to FEMA their 2015 proposed flood maps were wrong.

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

College graduates now owe the most money in history; experts say it's best to pay it back sooner rather than later.

  Thousands of rape kits logged, tracked one year after N.C. starts tracking system

North Carolina leaders have taken multiple steps in tackling rape kit crisis since October 2018, whereas efforts in South Carolina remain stalled.

  ‘There’s always that small little fear of what if I don’t wake up’: The decision to be a medical tourist

Every year, millions of Americans leave the United States in order to save money on medications and surgeries.

  It’s Your Money: How much taxpayer money has been spent so far in hospitality fee dispute

Local governments have spent a combined total of nearly a million dollars on legals fees in the battle for control over hospitality fees.

  WMBF Investigates: FBI, federal prosecutors target drug dealers in fight against opioid epidemic

Local and federal officials are working together in Horry County to treat overdoses as a criminal investigation rather than an accidental death.

  ‘The bear got us:’ Could proposed flood zones have saved homes from Florence?

WMBF Investigates analyzed the data for more than 1,500 flooded properties to find half of the reported damage after Hurricane Florence occurred in low-risk flood zones.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County uses FEMA money to buy new equipment

The new equipment will help the county's Stormwater and Public Works departments clean ditches and beaches everyday and around storms.

  One HOA rule requires real estate agents to break state law

HOA regulations on 'for sale signs' often supersede state law because of the information they exclude.

  It’s Your Money: New company hired to help attract tourists to Grand Strand

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is working with an agency to establish a strategic marketing plan to bring tourists to the Grand Strand.

  It’s Your Money: Taxpayers contribute $4 million to local college

Horry Georgetown Technical College gains a little over $4 million from property owners in Horry and Georgetown County each year.

WMBF Investigates: Fighting for my life

Millions of Americans leave the United States in search of cheaper medical procedures each year. It’s a practice is known as "medical tourism.”

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Homeowners association issues continue despite S.C. law passing

South Carolina lawmaker Russell Fry said the law is a good first step but the state is "not out of the woods" on HOA issues.

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Arrests, felonies don’t disqualify teachers from working in S.C. classrooms

Teachers undergo background checks before they are certified and hired but when criminal charges do pop up, it's up to districts and the South Carolina Department of Education to determine if the offense should disqualify a candidate.

  It’s Your Money: School district spends $500k on travel for three months

Horry County monthly expense reports show money spent on hotels, plane tickets, rental cars and conferences added up to more than half a million dollars in three months.

  Horry County Schools reveals number of unvaccinated students ahead of school year

As students prepare to head back to class, WMBF wanted to find out how many students have been properly immunized before the start of the school year.

  It’s Your Money: Lunch debt increases by $14,000 in Horry County School District

Students owe nearly $60,000 to the Horry County School District for unpaid lunches. During the 2018-19 school year, the debt increased by $14,000, a rate more than double the increase from the previous year.

  Horry County police chief credits federal partnerships with drop in violent crime

Accused members and associates of the ‘G-Shine’ gang were arrested in November and December of last year after a years-long, multi-agency investigation.