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Couple Scammed Out of Home
(From KATU) VANCOUVER, Wash. - Just when a family thought they had a place to call their own home for the first time, they realized it was a scam.
Krysta and Kalin already had a challenging year: their baby boy Kayson was born with an extra chromosome. The baby, who turns one year old next week, has already had two open heart surgeries and an abdominal procedure, but it seemed like things were about to get better for all of them.
Krysta and Kalin registered with what appeared to be a legitimate realtor website and received a phone call from a man who identified himself as Matt McCarty. He agreed to work out a deal with them, considering their recent struggles, and provide lower rent in exchange for some work on the foreclosed home he claimed to be renting out.
We worked really hard to save for it, Krysta said. Our dreams were crushed, Kalin said.
Its been tough, Krysta added through tears while thinking of the entire year. It it wasn't for friends and family, we wouldn't have anywhere to go right now.
The couple filed a police report with the Clark County Sheriffs Office, who confirmed the report. Investigators point to a couple red flags: the man never met them at the house and asked for cash up front. The rent was also low for the home they were getting.
It was everything we were looking for and more, Krysta said. I guess we should have known it was too good to be true at that point.