Metro woman’s cautionary tale about an international scam has an unlikely happy ending

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LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. -- A metro woman was a victim of an international scam. She lost thousands of dollars and thought she would never see the money again, but two local detectives had other plans.

Vickie Rehrer sifts through a folder, a paper trail of lies and fraudulent checks. She has kept it all as a reminder of what she’s gone through.

“I wanna make the public aware because you know if you have a gut feeling, you need to go with it,” Rehrer said.

Her ordeal all started when an international firm reached out to her about a job opportunity. Rehrer works as a contract paralegal in Lee’s Summit and had her resume posted online.

“I'd done contact paralegal work before. It wasn't out of the ordinary to be contacted by someone out of the state,” she explained.

Rehrer did her research and it seemed everything checked out. She did an extensive interview through online chat and even over the phone.

“There was extensive questions that I had to answer on the phone, from someone that was apparently in the United States,” Rehrer recalled.

She got the job. A check was mailed to her for software purchases and was cleared by her bank.

“Any reservations I had went out the window when the check cleared,” Rehrer said.

Soon after, she got a concerning call from her bank. She was in the red $4,600 and it turned out the check was fraudulent.

“I spoke with a bank executive who said I'm sorry there's nothing we can do, I'm sorry,” she said.

Rehrer felt defeated. With little to no hope, she contacted the Lee’s Summit police department. A few days later, she got a call from a detective.

“He said, 'I just want to explain to you, this never happens.' He said, 'we got your money.'”

Everyone around her told her her money would be gone forever. Now she says she wants to spread the word: always do your research and for the times we become victims there are detectives who refuse to give up.

“I'll always be in debt to them,” she said.

Rehrer says she was told by detectives, it’s likely these scammers will not face charges in Jackson County. Officers urge you, if you think you’ve been a victim of a scam, contact them immediately.