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How Scammers Stole More Than $200K From A Milwaukee Area Woman

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Sausalito, Calif. – Apr. 17, 2024

A complex and convincing scam drained a Whitefish Bay, Wis. woman of her entire savings. Throughout the month-long scam, the fraudsters falsified government documents, badges and bank deposit records to earn her trust.

Kaitlin Henze has taken steps to grow her finances since she was a kid.

After a series of missteps, Henze lost her entire savings, her 401(k) and investments. The scammers stole more than $200,000.

“It’s literally everything I have saved since I started working as a babysitter at age 12,” Henze told Fox 6 News Milwaukee. “It’s what I was saving for my future to live some of the dreams that I’ve had.”

Henze says she fell victim to an elaborate scam. It started with a phone call. The caller ID said “Wells Fargo Fraud.”

“Because of how much trauma I went through,” said Henze. “I want to prevent other people from going through that.” It took her months to agree to an interview with Fox 6 News Milwaukee in Oct. 2023. She decided it was a step in the right direction.

Earlier this month Henze came on the Cybercrime Magazine Podcast and spoke to our host Melissa O’Leary about the entire ordeal.

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