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Scammed teen is all smiles now after viewer gives her a free car

Posted at 7:26 PM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 21:26:46-05

Usually when I talk with people who've been scammed, it doesn't end well.

Their money is gone and there's no way to get it back.

But after talking to a Valley teen, I saw an opportunity.

Her name is unusual. It's Newyear.

She's a hard working 19-year-old and hair stylist at Studio 602 Beauty Salon in West Phoenix.

She worked day and night saving money for a new car.

But she trusted the wrong person in a Craigslist ad, and lost everything she'd saved.

We aired and posted the story.

And a couple of very cool things happened.

Dave Warkentin got involved.

He's the executive director of the Arizona Independent Automobile Dealer's Association.

The idea was to find someone who could offer Newyear a great deal on a used car.

Dave called Jared Halsted.

Jared is an association board member who also owns Double H Auto Exchange in Queen Creek.

And Jared found the perfect car.

So, on a recent day, Newyear, salon owner Tammy and friends drove to Queen Creek hoping to get that great deal.

And boy did they get one.

Jared surprised them all by giving away the car for free.

And Newyear couldn't contain herself.

The tears and "thank you's" flowed..

Jared says he and his wife are not wealthy people.

But after hearing her story, he wanted to do it saying "good things happen to good people."

So Newyear and friends drove away with her new 2001 Chevy Impala.

For weeks she'd been stuck on her past.

On this day, it was the beginning of Newyear's very bright future.