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Single mom receives donations after being scammed out of rental home

Angel Williams caught the hearts of viewers when WLWT Investigative Reporter Jatara McGee told her story. Williams, a single mother of three, was hoping to move closer to her job in Florence when she thought she found her dream home. “I’m about to get this dream home that I always wanted for me and my kids,” she said. “We prayed over it and everything. Me and my mom prayed over it and it was just like this is just meant to be. This is a new beginning for me.”However, the fairytale quickly turned into a nightmare. Williams said she had been communicating the man who claimed to be the landlord via text and calls but had never met them in person. “Everything seemed legit,” Williams said. “I get there, they give me the lock code number, I get the key, I go in.”Williams said she was given a code to get inside the property on two occasions. Williams said she found the man’s contact information through a listing on Craigslist.She asked the man if he accepted Section 8 vouchers, which is housing assistance from the federal government. The man said he did. He also sent her a renter’s application and year-long lease agreement. She signed both.The problems started on the day she was supposed to get her keys Williams said. The man told Williams he was a truck driver, processes payments on the road and he only accepts a specific kind of prepaid gift card as payment.Williams purchased $1,700 worth of gift cards and sent photos of them, along with the receipt. The money was supposed to cover $1,300 for a security deposit and $400 for first month’s rent.”An hour goes by and I’m like alright I’m waiting for the keys. Texted him, texted him, called him, couldn’t get through,” she said. “When it got about 5 o’clock and he didn’t text me back or call me back about the keys, I knew something was wrong. I felt it in my stomach.”Williams had no receipt, no keys and no home. The person she had been contacting went silent. To read WLWT’s full investigative report, click here. WLWT viewers started calling and emailing to figure out how to donate to Williams and her family. So far, she has raised $2,360. If you would like donate, click the link.

Angel Williams caught the hearts of viewers when WLWT Investigative Reporter Jatara McGee told her story.

Williams, a single mother of three, was hoping to move closer to her job in Florence when she thought she found her dream home.

“I’m about to get this dream home that I always wanted for me and my kids,” she said. “We prayed over it and everything. Me and my mom prayed over it and it was just like this is just meant to be. This is a new beginning for me.”

However, the fairytale quickly turned into a nightmare. Williams said she had been communicating the man who claimed to be the landlord via text and calls but had never met them in person.

“Everything seemed legit,” Williams said. “I get there, they give me the lock code number, I get the key, I go in.”

Williams said she was given a code to get inside the property on two occasions.

Williams said she found the man’s contact information through a listing on Craigslist.

She asked the man if he accepted Section 8 vouchers, which is housing assistance from the federal government. The man said he did.

He also sent her a renter’s application and year-long lease agreement. She signed both.

The problems started on the day she was supposed to get her keys Williams said.

The man told Williams he was a truck driver, processes payments on the road and he only accepts a specific kind of prepaid gift card as payment.

Williams purchased $1,700 worth of gift cards and sent photos of them, along with the receipt. The money was supposed to cover $1,300 for a security deposit and $400 for first month’s rent.

“An hour goes by and I’m like alright I’m waiting for the keys. Texted him, texted him, called him, couldn’t get through,” she said. “When it got about 5 o’clock and he didn’t text me back or call me back about the keys, I knew something was wrong. I felt it in my stomach.”

Williams had no receipt, no keys and no home. The person she had been contacting went silent.

To read WLWT’s full investigative report, click here.

WLWT viewers started calling and emailing to figure out how to donate to Williams and her family.

So far, she has raised $2,360. If you would like donate, click the link.