RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – A local Richmond dance team is busy raising funds for their upcoming competition after someone cheated on them of thousands of dollars.
The Dynamic Dance Academy, a group of 60 students, has been raising funds since March to compete in August in Birmingham, Alabama.
But the dance academy’s owner Bre Jones said those plans were temporarily suspended after someone stole $ 5,000 from his account.
“Eyes bloodshot red and in tears. I look through the emails and everything seems so real, ”said Jones.
She had received a call on Wednesday from a man posing as a representative for Bank of America.
He told her there was a pending transaction for $ 4,924 on Cell. He directed her to give him a verification code and confirm the last four digits of her account number in order to undo the transaction, Jones said.
The Richmond couple feels fooled for over $ 2,000 after never seeing keys to their rental apartment
“I checked the code and the money was gone in literally seconds,” she said.
As of Tuesday evening, there was only $ 0.32 in the account.
Jones received emails from a fake Bank of America domain and a transaction receipt from Chase, a bank she doesn’t have an account with. She immediately filed a lawsuit in person with Bank of America.
Jones says the ordeal affected the entire team.
“It affects you, and if you say goodbye, it affects you. So the most important thing was to make sure you were prepared,” she said. “They felt they were prepared for the competition and were only doing what we could to win back much, if not all, of it to get us through.”
In the past few days she has found several ways to get this money back.
“A car wash, we’re trying to put together a fry. So just all we can do to prepare them for the competition, ”said Jones.
Both Cell and Bank of America say that you should never reveal personal information like a verification code when receiving a call from a number that appears to be from your bank.
Instead, hang up and call your bank directly or visit a branch in person.