Valley Family Scammed Out of Hundreds

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- One valley family says they're about to lose their home after being scammed out of hundreds of dollars.

Joann Furlow says she got a call promising her a $9,000 grant. All she had to do was put $200 on a Green Dot MoneyPak card and pay a man who said his name was Michael Young to get it.

"The next thing I know, he's saying I have to pay $1,000," Furlow explained.

That was $1,000 she doesn't have. When she refused to pay, she started getting messages from Young on her phone telling her she had been blacked listed forever for any other loans.

It was the initial promise of a little extra money that lured this family into the whole situation.

"I was thinking $9,000. That would help my family and help pay for my daughter's college. Help get my car out of the shop. Help us find a place to live. Now I have none of it," Furlow continued.

Now they, like other families that have been fooled by this tactic, are out of money.

"It's wiped her out emotionally, and now I'm trying to support her and tell her you just have to move past this and go on. It's so detrimental to her that it's actually affected the household and the kids," shared her husband, Steven Furlow.

Even though they say they've contacted the sheriff's office, they say there's not much they can do to get their money back.

"It's stressing everybody. It's all for undue reasons. This shouldn't happen to nobody," concluded Steven.

Do you know of a scam or rip-off? Are you a victim of one? You can email us a scams@whsv.com.

We'll follow up to make sure the people behind them are held accountable and your family is safe.


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