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An 18-year-old woman in Albany, Western Australia, lost over $25,000 after falling prey to a phone scam.
Aurora Casilli worked three jobs and had been saving money since beginning her first job at the age of 14 to purchase a house, the U.K. Daily Mail reported.
However, in early December 2022, Casilli lost a huge percentage of her savings and has “nothing to her name,” according to Australian news outlet News.com.au.
“I’m devastated. I’ve worked hard all my life,” she said. “You never think something like this will happen to you.”
“While my friends were going out and buying nice things like makeup and clothes, I was saving. I was saving for my future,” she said. “All those shifts, all the work I put in, and now this.”
According to Casilli, her loss of around $25,000 happened within a matter of seconds.
On Dec. 3, she had received a message from someone pretending to be the National Australia Bank. The text message appeared in the same message thread as other genuine messages she had received from her bank, Daily Mail reported.
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