Elderly Man Thinks He's Set For Life, Loses Thousands

We have a cautionary tale about one elderly man who became the obsession of con-artists. One group of scammers ripped him off, he became a magnet for other thieves.

Arthur Norrod, fraud victim, begins his story, “Got a call one day… the guy was all excited who said “congratulations”…”

The caller told Arthur he had just won $2.5 million dollars plus $2,000 a week for life.

Just one requirement: a one-time $15-hundred dollars delivery fee.

“He said “go to Wal-Mart and get three green dot money cards and call me back,” Arthur explained.

The con artists told Arthur to scratch the back of the cards and read them the numbers over the phone. And just like that--the $1500 was gone. Arthur never received a prize. In fact, he just got deeper into the foreign lottery sweepstakes scam.

“From then on... I started getting calls from other people,” Arthur told us.

US Postal Inspector Brad Mahs explained, “The scammers are very relentless.. They will call you day and night…“

Postal inspectors say the thieves often sell each other the phone numbers of victims. Arthur received calls all day-- practically non-stop. At one point—scammers told him he had won 6 separate prizes. And Arthur admits he wanted those prizes to be real.

“My wife being in a nursing home… and being retired… no money… 81 years old (you know) no chance of a job so I wanted the money. It was my personal greed to blame, I’m sure,” Arthur said.

Arthur ended up changing his number. But the thieves are relentless.

“They will have a taxi driver come to his house and have him show up with a phone, go to the extent neighbors, taxi drivers, pizza delivery guy anybody they can get a hold of that will go to the house to continue the scam because they think they can still drag something out of him,” explained Mahs.

In all – Arthur lost $12,000. He took notes of every call and every money transaction.

“I allowed myself to be suckered… question of old age… not as quick as I used to be… the pressure of medical and other bills, not having money to do what I want, just plain wanting to be rich, I do not analyze facts effectively. I will not admit I am being abused, how do I avoid being bitter with myself,” Arthur wondered.

Don't forget this important piece of information - no legitimate lottery will ask you for money up-front. Keep that in mind when you receive calls, letters in the mail and especially emphasize the message to elderly friends, family and neighbors.

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