How hardworking Teen Loses Her $37,000 Life Savings To A Scam – Photos
Hardworking teen loses her $37,000 life savings in an instant as she falls for sophisticated phone scam – here’s how to avoid it happening to you
. She received a text that looked like it was from her bank
. The number said her account has been hacked
. She transferred money into the scammer’s account
A hardworking teen that balanced three jobs to save up for her dream home has lost her entire life savings after falling victim to a sophisticated phone scam.
Aurora Casilli, 18, has been saving every cent possible since landing her first job four years ago in her Western Australia south coast home in Albany.
But all her hard work went down the drain in early December when she received a text message warning her someone was trying to access her bank account .
Ms Casilli realised she’d been scammed after transferring her money from a NAB account to a Commonwealth Bank account
Ms Casilli realised she’d been scammed after transferring her money from a NAB account to a Commonwealth Bank account.
‘If it was from a random mobile number, I wouldn’t have believed it. But it seemed so real,’ she told news.com.au.
The scammer pretended to be a NAB worker and told Ms Casilli her account had been accessed by an unknown person and told her to transfer her funds into a new account he’d created for her.
Ms Casilli (left) claims both NAB and Commonwealth Bank said they’re unable to help her retrieve her money
Ms Casilli (left) claims both NAB and Commonwealth Bank said they’re unable to help her retrieve her money.
It was only after she hung up that she’d realised her money had been transferred into a Commonwealth bank account.
‘I felt sick, I just got this gut feeling that something was terribly wrong,’ she said.
She tried to call the number back but the ‘NAB worker’ on the other end quickly hung up once he realised Ms Casilli had worked out his scamNow, Ms Casilli wants to share her story so others can avoid the heartache of having their life’s saving stolen from them.
‘While my friends were going out and buying nice things like makeup and clothes, I was saving. I was saving for my future,’ she said.
‘Now I have nothing. I have to start all over again.’
Both NAB and Commonwealth Bank told Ms Casilli they are unable to retrieve her money because she authorised the transfer.