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N4T: Victim gets 50,000 back after being caught in growing scam

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Dorothy Hayden says it's a phone call she never thought she would get.

A call from her bank saying they had the $50,000 she thought she had lost.

"I squealed and started crying and then I ran up and down the hall and picked up my manager and started jiggling her," said Hayden.

Hayden was originally scammed out of the $50,000 while buying a home.

After finding her dream home, Hayden says she was forwarded an email by her real estate agent.

The email had wiring instructions and her title agent's email address.

However, what no one knew at the time, is that someone had been hacked and the wiring instructions were actually for a scammer's bank account.

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

Right after it happened Hayden called her bank and the FBI.

She says everyone told her the money was gone.

"I was told emphatically by the FBI that that money was gone. That I was never ever going to see it again," said Hayden

But then, after calling News 4 Tucson, Hayden got a call from her bank.

Remarkably the money was still in the scammer's account.

And bank officials were able to get almost all of it back.

What still bothers Hayden though is that she believes this never should have happened.

She says her financial information never should have been emailed. Especially since she says agents helping her knew about the scam and both the National Association of Realtors and Federal Trade Commission has previously issued warnings to realtors not to email financial information specifically because of this type of scam.

"To know that something exists and to chose not to do something. I have a hard time with that," said Hayden.

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