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Bobsledder Steve Mesler's family gets help after scam

Here's a story of Olympic spirit: U.S. bobsledding world champion Steve Mesler's parents, Ben and Lois Mesler of Buffalo, N.Y., said they and some of their friends were scammed out of $7,332 by someone purportedly willing to rent them a home in Whistler, British Columbia, during the upcoming Vancouver Games.

Horrible, right? But it gets better: After the story became public earlier this week, the Meslers received an outpouring of support from "perfect strangers," Steve said, including several families who offered homes during the Olympics for free.

"It's incredible," Lois Mesler told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "It's absolutely amazing."

By Matthew Rennie  |  January 27, 2010; 5:47 PM ET
Categories:  Vancouver 2010  
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