We have all been fooled at least once in our life due to our innate human ability to see the good in everyone. From Kevin Spacey to Harvey Weinstein, to Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx’s secret relationship, we have all been led up the garden path.
However, that didn’t make it any easier for Becky Szenk and Mark Higgins from Walsall, England, who had the entire contents of their house stolen after being enticed by a seductive Facebook post from a ‘removal company’.
Cluelessly, the young family watched as $13,500 worth of their own belongings was driven away by a removal man that they had hired via Facebook. They presumed that it was being delivered to their new home, but in actual fact, that was the last time they’d see their possessions – which included Miss Szenk’s engagement ring and their 7-month-old baby daughter’s birth certificate.
The couple booked ‘Lee Green’ to transfer their belongings from their old home, to their new place of residence; The Horse and Jockey pub.
They had used every spare bit of cash that they’d frugally saved in order to acquire the pub which was to be their new home and business venture. So, when ‘Lee Green’ disappeared with their home in the back of a van, they were left with nothing.
‘Lee Green’ and his accomplices made off with their fridge freezer, washing machine and vital paperwork. The only thing they left behind was the family’s television, which they’d opted to take themselves to save it getting damaged.
At the time, 22-year-old Miss Szenk and her fiancé Mr Higgins, were oblivious to any abnormalities as the ‘removal men’ quickly cleared their entire home. In fact, their swift action in emptying the house prompted Szenk to comment on their professionalism.
“They were racing in and out of the flat. We just thought they were being very professional,” she said. “When I commented on how fast they were completing their work, one of them told me that ‘we have a lot of jobs on today’.”