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      Attorney General: Beware of Sandy-related scams

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- South Carolina residents should be on the lookout for scams in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Attorney General Alan Wilson said.

      "Unfortunately, we know from experience that disasters bring out the worst in people, especially those seeking to profit from the misfortune of others," Wilson said in a statement Thursday.

      Among the scams to be wary of:

      {}- Telephone salespeople, ads and Internet postings that promote investment pools or bonds to help victims of the storm

      {}- People touting water-removal or purification systems

      {}- Distressed real estate remediation programs

      Also, Wilson said he expects to see an increase in fraudulent charity solicitations.

      "Some will be looking for your money; some will be attempting to steal your credit card information for identity theft," he said. "As with any charitable contribution, people wanting to help with relief efforts following Sandy should send contributions to only those charities with an established track record.

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