Horry County Sheriff's Office warns residents of probate court scam

The Horry County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible scam after Probate Judge Deirdre Edmonds contacted deputies when an Horry County resident told her 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.

The intentions of this individual are not known.

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.

Probate Judge Deirdre Edmonds released this statement:

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.