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N4T: $50,000 lost in growing real estate scam

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After saving for years Dorothy Hayden had just found her dream home.

Right after she wired her deposit that dream turned into a nightmare.

"I'm still in shock that the entire thing happened," said Hayden.

Hayden says what happened, is that during the closing process someone hacked into either her realtor or title company's computer system and started posing as her title agent.

Using the title agent's email address, the hacker then sent Hayden fraudulent wiring instructions to their bank account.

In a flash Hayden lost $50,000.

"The email was labeled with her name and the title company's formal email. We showed the email and she said oh well I don't have an iphone. This was sent from an iphone..but it has your email address. Yeah but I don't have an iphone, you should have known. How am I supposed to know?" said Hayden.

What really angers Hayden though is that she says the people helping her should have known better.

In a recent bulletin, the Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of Realtors warned realtors not to send financial information by email specifically because of this type of scam.

We contacted Hayden's real estate company about what happened. 

Remax says their attorney has advised them not to comment.

"Mine was emailed and it was emailed to me in an unsecured fashion, thereby leaving my vulnerable to any and all hackers," said Hayden.

Hayden was recently contacted by her bank. She says there is a chance she will be able to get her money bank.

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