MA mother and daughter from Lakewood, Colorado, were defrauded of about $200,000 (about 187,000 euros) while buying a home. The 69-year-old retired teacher and her daughter had no savings left for fear of homelessness.
Vicky Ragl’s and her daughter Sarah’s emails with the real estate agent were intercepted, the woman told Fox 31.
“I started getting scam emails and didn’t realize it was a scam,” he admitted, because everything “matched.”
Two days before concluding a deal with the real estate company, on Wednesday, Ragel was surprised by a demand in the amount of 196,662.81 dollars (about 184,371.38 euros). Without this payment within 48 hours, he was told the business would collapse. And so the woman sent the money.
On Friday, mother and daughter went to the real estate office, where everyone was “laughing and excited.”
After signing the papers the real estate consultant informed them that they had not sent the money. At that moment they realize they have been duped, and Sarah reports the case to Lakewood authorities and the FBI.
“I went out and vomited,” said Ragel, adding that all he could think about now was that he was “homeless and without money.”
He repeated, “I am 69 years old and I am homeless and without money.”
A man who taught for 42 years, he retired in July. He lost his life savings not only on the scam, but also on the furniture he bought with his daughter.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do, but we’ll get through this. We’ll find a way,” he said.
Meanwhile, a friend of Goals created a fundraiser in her own name on Facebook GoFundMe platform, Which has so far collected 102,578 dollars (about 96,117 euros) out of 200,000.
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