Blount County elderly couple gets scammed out of thousands online

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BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) An elderly Blount County couple fell victim to an online scam, and now they say they can't find anyone to help them try to recover their money.

Bill and Carole Sullivan will admit, they aren't very computer savvy. But when the elderly couple thought that they were signing up for a great deal on a loan, they decided to go for it.

"We sat and talked about it for two days," Bill said.

When they filed the online paperwork and sent an Italian company a check for $299.00 for a $20,000 loan, things quickly took a turn for the worse.

"And then they asked for more money. And more money. And more money," Bill said.

But the couple didn't realize it was a scam, until one day their bank account was hacked, and $5,000 went missing.

"But they never did have my Social Security number. I don't give that out," said Bill.

The Sullivans say they can't find anyone to help them fight back against whoever took their money. They said they've tried to talk to lawyers, but lawyers won't give them any time. They've even gone to the TBI and the FBI.

"But they told her (Carole) over the phone to just put it in junk mail and it'll go away," Bill said.

They now receive phone calls and emails from people claiming they will get the money they need, sometimes into the milllions, if only the Sullivans will send a check first.

Even though the Sullivans fell for it, they hope that others will be smart enough to stay away from any type of offer if it means sending in money to get money back.

"I felt like a dummy," Bill said while Carole shook her head in agreement. "Once I found out what it was, I felt like an idiot. I should have spotted it in two seconds."

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