A South Carolina woman was shocked to find another family living in her newly purchased home after returning from vacation. (AP)
A South Carolina woman returned home from vacation to find another family had moved into her recently purchased house.
Upon arriving to the home, Katherine Lang noticed a dog and a cat wandering the property, as well as a pair of women talking inside, the Beaufort Gazette reported.
“I said, ‘What are you doing in my house?’” Lang told the paper. “It became clear to me what happened.”
It turns out Tyggra Shepherd, 22, who thought she had found the perfect place to settle in her family as they relocated from Kentucky, was a victim of an online scam, the paper reported.
Shepherd told the paper she found the three-bedroom furnished home advertised in a Facebook group for $850 a month posted by a woman named Rosie Ruggles. She wired $1,150 for the fake lease, and was told to use the unlocked back door to start moving her belongings into the house because the person delivering the keys had been arrested.
Lang bought the house in October, but was still living at her previous home waiting for it to sell. After returning from vacation, she decided to check on the pipes due to the recent cold weather and that’s when she noticed the unwelcomed guests.
A schedule has been set for Shepherd to move out, and Lang has decided to soon move into her new home.
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