A Charlotte woman scammed out of $14,000 after she made what she thought was an investment.
"I'm broke. I have to live paycheck to paycheck," the victim said.
"He sent me another email stating that he was a fund manager for Vanguard Investment International," she said.
The woman who did not want her identity revealed says emails began back in August from a man going by John Alan Edwards, and as communication progressed, he gained her trust then she sent over three installments totaling the fourteen grand.
"I thought I was going to make my money back twice. I have to get money back because I have bills. I have my daughter's expenses," she said.
A police report has been filed. She's reached out to the FBI and her bank for a solution. Investigators are looking into her claims while she waits for answers she has a message for him and others.
"Make a living honestly. Scamming people for money is the wrong way to earn money. I want to public to know about this so they are not scammed. Vanguard International is a hoax," she said.
Vanguard released a statement saying:
Vanguard is aware of the incident you contacted us about and spoke with the individual, advising her that person she was interacting with had no affiliation with or was employed with the Vanguard Group Inc. in any way, and that she would need to report it to law enforcement because she was a victim of an online scam.
Protecting investors is Vanguard's priority. Where appropriate, we conduct or assist with investigations on potential incidents and we provide clients with resources they can use to educate and better protect themselves. Note that Vanguard will never send unsolicited communications (via phone, text, email or letter) requesting personal information. If clients are concerned about an interaction, they should contact our fraud team immediately at 877-223-6977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.