A Johnston County resident lost a large sum of money in a home loan scam.
In June 2020, the 69 year-old Clayton resident was contacted through Facebook Messenger from someone claiming they could qualify for a home remodeling loan of up to $300,000. The victim replied to the message and was told she needed to send in money to qualify for the loan.
Between June 2020 and March 2021 the victim sent in a total of $15,244 in gift cards in an attempt to qualify for the loan. The scammer continued to ask for more money. Only later did the victim realize it was a scam.
The incident was reported to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. A detective is investigating the case.