Fort Gibson man could lose $108,000 in scam

Posted at 9:28 PM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 20:55:15-04

FORT GIBSON, Okla. -- Imagine the thought of losing more than $100,000. Unfortunately, that could be the reality for one Fort Gibson man after falling victim to a scam.

It's a night of fun and games at the farmer house

“There’s 11 of us all, 9 kids," Scott Farmer said.

They're a big family who needs a lot of room.

"We started fostering a year ago and God called me to fostering he said he made me so he would change me," Farmer said.

On Feb. 5, those memories burned.

“We had a dog box on the porch right next to this window," Farmer said. “It was five foot tall with a heat lamp on the very top of it with the heat shield. I’m telling you without a doubt that Christ was here with his arm around those kids.”

The Bible survived the blaze.

“That’s the little girls' coats and they were sleeping in a bunk bed right there," Farmer said.

After getting money from the insurance company, the family wanted to buy this house and was set to close on the purchase Wednesday.

“The morning before we were to close, I got an email stating that I needed to go wire the money to the closing company," Farmer said.

Instructions were sent via email to wire nearly $108,000 to a Huntington Bank in Ohio. Farmer says he fell for it.

“It didn’t seem unusual to me that I got this email and it had their names on it, but I didn’t realize at the time but if I would have clicked on their name, I would have seen it was not their email address," Farmer said.

That was Tuesday. The next day, Farmer got an email to move the closing time.

“In order to have time to try and draw the funds out of that account that it was sent to," he said.

Huntington Bank says if they were notified of a possible wire transfer, they attempt to recover the funds.

“It’s some guy sitting in a basement in some weird city hacking on his computer figuring out how to do it," Farmer said.

Farmer is now without a house and hoping the sellers will wait. Farmer will continue to wait for the phone call that he gets every penny back.

A police report was filed with the Fort Gibson police department. 2 Works for You reached out to secret service but they tell us they cannot comment on a potential or ongoing investigation.

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