Update: Rental scam victim gets money back

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3 On Your Side helped Tyesha Brown get $1,350 back -- money she was scammed out of while searching for a place to rent. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) 3 On Your Side helped Tyesha Brown get $1,350 back -- money she was scammed out of while searching for a place to rent. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Wells Fargo investigated Tyesha Brown’s issue and after just a few weeks they issued Brown a cashier's check for just over $1,300. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Wells Fargo investigated Tyesha Brown’s issue and after just a few weeks they issued Brown a cashier's check for just over $1,300. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Tyesha Brown and her kids are one happy family. For starters, they finally found the perfect apartment to rent in Mesa.

"I come home every day and it's like a mini-vacation,” Brown said as she overlooked a beautiful pond behind her apartment complex. “I love it. It is such a blessing and I'm so thankful."

But Brown says she is even more ecstatic that 3 On Your Side helped her get $1,350 back. It's money that she was duped out of while searching for a place to rent.

“And, I was just like, 'Yea!' Hallelujah!

In a previous 3 On Your Side report, Brown says she began communicating with a scammer who claimed to own this Valley home.

Instead of selling it, Brown says he decided to rent it. That's when the guy told her to go to a Wells Fargo and deposit $1,300 cash into his bank account as a security deposit. Brown says the con-man was very convincing.

“I questioned it. But, again, it made sense because he had already placed the seed in my head," she said.

After that cash deposit, Brown discovered the guy never did own the home and she was now a victim of a very popular and well-orchestrated rental scam. So, she contacted 3 On Your Side.

"And Gary Harper just went right at it and he went in and got right in touch with the bank.

Wells Fargo investigated Brown’s issue and after just a few weeks, look what they did. They issued Brown a cashier's check for just over $1,300. It's money that she and her family thought they would never see again.

“I can't thank you enough,” Brown said. “It's like a fairy tale story that you see on 3 On Your Side. I didn't think it would ever happen to me."

3 On Your Side really appreciates Wells Fargo’s involvement and helping to get Brown her money back. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a place to rent, always meet the landlord in person.

Make sure to inspect the inside of the house and not just the outside. And never wait for the keys to be mailed. That too always needs to be done in person.

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Gary HarperGary Harper is the senior consumer and investigative reporter for 3 On Your Side at KTVK-TV.

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Gary Harper
3 On Your Side

With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

He has negotiated resolutions with companies of all sizes, including some of the biggest corporations in the nation.

Gary has successfully recouped more than $1 million for viewers around the state, making 3 On Your Side one of the most popular segments on KTVK and the station's Web site.

He's best known for investigating and confronting unscrupulous contractors. In fact, many of his news reports have led to police investigations and jail time for those who were caught. Viewers, as well as the companies and people he investigates, regard him as consistently being thorough and fair.

Gary has been with KTVK-TV since 1997. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix, he worked for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was as an anchor and reporter.

Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

Gary has been married since 1994 and is the proud father of two sons. When he's not helping viewers, Gary is busy catching up on his favorite college and professional football teams as well as cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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