Graciela Veronica-Corona was robbed of her life savings as she was about to enjoy the American Dream of Homeownership. In her words, “I want to tell you about a devastating event that has changed the course of my life. My name is Graciela Veronica-Corona. I’ve always dreamed of owning my own home and for years I’ve been working two jobs to save enough money for my down payment. Finally, after 8 years, my dream was becoming my reality. On August 8, I received an email directing me to send my down payment and closing costs via wire to what I thought was the title company. I’m out at 5:30 a.m. to job No. 1 and the off to job No. 2 by 3 p.m., so, when I got the wire instructions I immediately sent the money and emailed the title company to confirm. I found out that all of my money had been stolen when I showed up for my closing, the day I was supposed to get the keys to my dream house. Wire fraud is shockingly real and there isn’t a thing that the bank, the police, FBI or the Secret Service has been able to do to help me. My $44,000, my life savings, is gone and I am left to rent a room in someone else’s house.
Ebby Halliday, founder of Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors, had a simple but powerful motto, “Do Something for Someone Every Day.” Our wish is that we will, together, raise the money Graciela lost to the bad guys, and at the same time raise awareness of this very real and devilish practice of preying on unsuspecting people through online fraud.
UPDATE: the good folks at the Dallas CBS affiliate ran a story on Gracie - see link below. Time is running out to save Gracie's home. Please help! https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2019/09/23/texan-buying-first-home-scammed-45k-bogus-email-title-company/