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SCAM BUSTERS: Greeneville woman uses mother's disability check to pay for loan, loses hundreds

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GREENEVILLE, TN (WJHL) -

It was the perfect solution for one Greeneville family. They said it was a quick and easy fix to pay some bills, but now they say it is more of a hassle than help after losing more than $800 to a person they thought would provide a helping hand.

Wendy Sauceman was just looking for a little help to pay her bills, "We owe a lot and we just want to get out of debt and have a vacation before school starts and have a little fun".

Sauceman applied for a $10,000 loan on the website, Advance America. A short time later, a man by the name of Michael Brown called and claimed he was with company. "Michael Brown" told Sauceman she was approved for the loan but in order to receive the money, the only thing she needed to do was send him $850 in prepaid cards.

Sauceman went to Walgreens right away and used her mother's disability check to buy three MoneyPak cards. Sauceman spent nearly all of her mother's check, leaving less than $150 to pay for bills.

When Sauceman gave "Michael Brown" the security number on the back of the card, he never returned her calls about the loan she was approved for. Sauceman then checked the balance on the MoneyPak cards, and no money was left.

Captain David Crum, with the Greeneville Police Department says to always have some sort of stable relationship and trust in the person before you hand the cash over. "Have a business relationship [before] sending money to a person, and that it's not a 'may be qualified for a loan' or a 'be a recipient of money'. Just be aware [especially] if it's something you're participating in".

Other red flags Sauceman said she wished she did not ignore, "Michael Brown" had a very thick foreign accent and every time he called it was from a different number in a different state.

Sauceman and her mother both say this is a lesson learned the hard way and the only thing to do is move forward. 

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