Home Scam/Fraud Susquehanna Valley woman loses thousands of dollars in home rental scam

Susquehanna Valley woman loses thousands of dollars in home rental scam

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SIDE CONSUMER INVESTIGATOR BRIAN ROCHE HAS THE STORY OF A FAMILY THAT LOST THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. BRIAN: ON VIDEO, IT WAS A HOME THAT WAS HARD TO RESIST. >> SO IT WAS PFEERCT. IT HAD FOUR DRBEOOMS, FOUR BATHROOMS. IT WAS NEAR THE BEACH, WHERE WE ALL WANTED TO BE. BRIAN: THE HOME MELINDA DETWILER FOUND IN MURRELS INLET, SOUTH CAROLINA, FOR HER FAMILY OF SI WAS NEAR HER HUSBAND’S NEW JOB. BUT SHE FOUND THE HOME ON CRAIGSLIST, A FAVORED HANGOUT FOR SCAMMERS. MELIA CONDMMUNICATED WITH TWO MEN POSING AS THE OWNER AND A RENTAL AGENT THROUGH E-MAIL AND TEXT MESGESA NO PHONE CALLS. THEY SENT HER A RENTAL AGREEMENT, WHICH SEEMED LEGITIMATE, SO MELINDA DECIDED TO LEASE THE HOUSE. >> I HADO TSEND $3500. BRIAN: AND SHE HAD TO SEND THAT MONEY THROUGH BITCOIN, A PREFERRED PATH OF PAYMENT FOR SCAMMERS BECAUSE IT CAN’T BE TRACED. >> I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I S DOING. HE HAD TO TELL ME HOW TO DO IT. BRIAN: AFTER S RHEEALIZED ESH WAS…

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