Newlyweds Sarah and Richie Tough had been on the verge of securing their new dream home in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire. The first-time buying couple had been saving for 10 years for their £45,000 deposit.
Everything was going smoothly when they received an email from their conveyancing firm stating that the deposit was ready to be paid. A few days later another email arrived that appeared to be from the same company, stating that the cash should instead be paid directly into a Barclays Bank branch, with the account number and sort code provided.
The cash was duly paid.
But when Sarah spoke to her solicitors a couple of days later, they said they hadn’t received the cash and, the email regarding the change of plan had not been sent by them.
She told the Daily Mail: “I was sitting at my desk in pieces. I couldn’t stop shaking. I was just in complete disbelief that everything we had saved had gone.
“It makes me sick to my stomach that someone could even think of doing something like this.
“It was our money for our future, we had been saving for ages — and now it is gone.”
This is becoming a common scam and the effects can be devastating. Double-check, triple-check with the legitimate company befor you pay ANY money over