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Couple Scammed Out of Ideal Home

COLUMBUS (Ben Garbarek) -- A couple thinking they found the perfect home on a reputable website, but instead were scammed out of $550.

Mark and Virginia Huhn of Northeast Columbus found a three bedroom home listed on the realty website Zillow.

"My wife found a very nice house that needs to be fixed up a little bit," Mark Huhn said.  "We needed a place to live and this guy was like, 'here's a house'."

Huhn quickly contacted the person claiming to be the owner.  He told Huhn his job forced him to move to Louisiana so he wanted someone to rent the house while he was gone.  He asked for a $550 deposit before sending the key.

It was only after Huhn wired the money that he realized the tracking number for the shipment with the key was bogus.

"I've already told my landlord we're moving," he said.  "Then to find out we don't even have a house to move to, we don't know what we're going to do."

Zillow's website warns scams are a reality of shopping online.  The site tells users to be careful wiring money, especially far away. 

That's a warning the Huhn's wish they had heard earlier.

"I was gullible," Huhn said.  "He knew how to work it and it wasn't until afterward that I realized what was going on."

The Huhn's are now moving in with Virginia's parents.  The couple is now in touch with the real owner of the home they liked and are hoping they may be able to move in after all.

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