A new season of The Perfect Scam has launched and we begin with a story that is very sweet. It’s actually about cookies. Not the kind that track you, but the kind you can eat! Unfortunately, before Lura’s Kitchen was able to send out its first order of cookies, criminals stuck their hand in the cookie jar. A hacker used Zelle to drain the owner’s bank accounts, including every last penny she had borrowed through a small business development loan. Lura Daniels Ball then spent months in Limbo, as all her dreams for Lura’s Kitchen were stuck on hold — and she was stuck on hold with Bank of America.
I love this story because Lura is an amazing character and her voice leaps out of the microphone. She’s a professional singer and spent her life supporting the arts and her family. Now recently widowed, she decided to pursue a lifelong dream of taking her baking to the next level.
Lura has always been a marvelous baker. She invents recipes for special occasions, like her son’s good report card or her daughter’s recital solo. She gives treats away at church too, and thinks of all this as her “baking ministry.” Lucky for us, Lura’s family and friends recently convinced her to turn her passion into something professional, so we can all “feel the love” of her craft. She spent nearly two years testing and perfecting her products.
But before she could fulfill her first order, Lura received a call from someone who said he works with Bank of America…