CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – A chattanooga household is searching for a brand new dwelling after a single mom was scammed out of paying a number of hundred dollars electronically for a rental property.
Single Mom of 4, Tamara Brown, says she has no selection however to discover a new home rapidly after being evicted on quick discover.
Brown says she discovered an reasonably priced dwelling off of Taylor Road utilizing Craigslist.
“I’m going out right here in a rush. I feel I used to be in a rush attempting to get someplace to remain. So I rushed it. I went on craigslist, this girl stated she had a spot. I ran on the market considering I bought it and it was a rip-off. She scammed me out of 700 dollars,” says Tamara Brown, mom of 4.
The mom says a girl named Brenda Brown and a person named Rod posed as actual property brokers from Stevens Realty LLC.
Tamara says that after committing to the house and paying the deposit, she went to take a look at the house for a second time and located one other household viewing it, that’s when she felt like one thing was off.
“On Friday morning I known as the realty firm and the realty girl stated she would name me again. When she known as me again she stated that was a rip-off and to not give them any cash however I already did,” says Brown.
Tamara says a lot has already been occurring this yr and this loss is basically painful for her household.
“I’m actually harm. I don’t know what to do, I can’t cry anymore. I’ve cried a lot. However I pray, I’ve religion. God will make a approach for everyone. I’m a toddler of God and I imagine in God so I do know he’s gonna make it alright,” says Brown.
Jim Winsett with the Higher Enterprise Bureau says that persons are extra weak throughout these occasions and scammers make the most of that.
Winsett says that it is best to by no means pay in money or over any apps that may’t produce a receipt.
“Individuals must be extra cautious, analysis and take their time as they’re making these kinds of choices,” says Jim Winsett , President of the BBB.
Information 12 reached out to the realty firm who says they’re conscious of scammers and are working to place higher safety measures in place.
For extra info on how you can confirm the legitimacy of a enterprise earlier than utilizing them or to report a rip-off, go to the BBB’s website.