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Madison County woman scammed out of thousands of dollars while closing on house

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HARVEST, Ala. (WAFF) – When you find the right house, you have to jump on it. It’s just that kind of market right now.

This makes home buyers a prime target for scammers.

Stacey Smith, a Veteran, single mother with a baby on the way was just scammed out of $6,000.

The night before closing on her first home in Harvest, Smith got an email that appeared to be from her loan agency, Veterans United, asking her to wire transfer money for the closing costs.

“And I sent it. It was the day before closing, I was thinking it was them,” Smith said.

But that wasn’t the case.

“Closing day, which was the 22nd, I get the call from the closing agency asking me, did anybody reach out to you about your closing cost. And I said yes, I wired that money yesterday and she said that wasn’t us,” Smith explained.

A scammer hacked into Smith’s email created a fake email account and posed as the secretary of the closing agency.

“The panic set in. I…

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