St. Louis woman scammed out of $9K

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A St. Louis woman is beyond sick over losing more than $9,000 to a scam. Regina Henderson said she was promised a $7,000 grant by a caller claiming to be with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

According to the Better Business Bureau, victims have fallen for a claim that taxes and fees must be paid before the money is sent.

Once scammers find someone willing to pay, they keep asking for money until the caller says no. The scam ran wild a few years ago.

“It seems to have settled down and now it’s come roaring back again,” said Bill Smith, BBB. He says the Federal Reserve Bank of New York even has a warning on its website.

Henderson is a mother of three. She believed a federal grant would come from a federal reserve bank. Looking back, she now feels embarrassed.

“I kept thinking that they were going to send me the money,” said Henderson.

She showed us a bag filled with receipts from money she sent to scammers.
She even called one of them back during our interview, but he hung up as soon as we tried to question him.

“I hope they go to jail for the rest of their life,” said Henderson.

She reported her case to both the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission. She shared her story for one reason.

“I don’t want anyone to go through what I have.”

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