Local family says they were scammed $80,000

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) -What would you do if you lost $80,000? A Midland family claims that’s exactly what happened to them. They were in the process of trying to buy a new home to provide a better life for their four children.

“Our hopes and dreams were gone,” said Monica Salgado, a Midland resident.

She and Roland Rodriguez have four kids, ranging from 4 to 11 years old.

“We were trying to get a house for our kids, we were trying to better ourselves,” said Salgado.

The couple says Roland’s mom sacrificied. She sold his childhood home to come up with the $80,000 to buy a mobile home and a few acres of land.

The family walked into a Midland home sales business, met with a salesman. That salesman asked them to wire $80,000 but to a different company.

“You’re walking into a legitimate business, you don’t have second thoughts about getting scammed or anything like that,” said Rodriguez.

“When you wire money especially not to a legitimate company or organization, you have no recourse to get that money back. It’s heartbreaking because a lot of times this is people’s life savings,” said Heather Massey, Better Business Bureau.

She goes on to say, “Even if you are walking into a company, you’re still dealing with an individual so you want to research the individual, that’s key.”

The BBB also has a wealth of information online including a scam tracker, making it easy to see scams in our area.

“It’s a really good idea to go on google or your favorite search engine and punch in that person’s name directly,” said Massey. “If other people have had experiences, you will see things pop up like watch out, scam, fraud or rip off.”

As for this family, they are sharing their story so no one else will become a victim.

“I hope more people come forward. I hope this doesn’t happen to anybody else,” said Salgado.

We’re not naming the company involved because all indications are the salesman was scamming the Rodriguez family and the company. The company and the family have all been working with authorities. But so far, no one has figured out how to get the family their $80,000.

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