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Seven On Your Side
August 7, 2009 9:04:27 PM PDT
We first told you about this young couple last week; victims of a ruthless apartment rental scam that left them homeless. But, you, the Eyewitness News viewers, came through. And thanks to the generosity of two anonymous donors and 7 on your Side, the couple now has money to find a place to live. It's a grim reality for Viktor Validum and Kenya Tucker, "He sleeps in the back, I sleep in the front." Kenya says she and her fiance, Viktor have been living in their car. "It's been our home for the last few days," says Viktor.

We first told you about the young couple earlier this week. In June, they wired $2,000 to someone who offered an apartment on Craigslist.

"We had checked back with Moneygram," recalled Viktor. "The money was gone. He took the money."

He found the apartment didn't even exist, it was all a scam. Now Kenya and Viktor are broke. And since they both work for the school system, they won't start getting paychecks until next month.

But a woman, who wanted to be anonymous, felt their pain. "I feel so bad, I gotta do something. I gotta change their thinking that not everyone is out to get them."

And she gave 7 On Your Side's Tappy Phillips an envelope to give to Kenya and Viktor. The envelope she handed over felt fat. As it turned out it contained $2,000 in cash. Another anonymous donor gave $100 dollars.

The young couple couldn't believe it when Tappy made a special delivery.

"Wow, praise the lord," screamed Kenya.

$2,100. Enough to put a deposit and the first month's rent toward an apartment in Mt. Vernon. Enough to get them to their first paycheck.

And thanks to two anonymous donors who made this happen.

Tappy Phillips, Channel 7 Eyewitness News.

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Story by: Tappy Phillips


Produced by: Steve Livingstone

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