Victim grateful for good samaritan's helping hand

81-year-old lost thousands of dollars in foreign lottery scam

By Jodi Mohrmann - Managing Editor of special projects

Arthur Norrod's story is heartbreaking. He was told he won $2.5 million in a lottery sweepstakes and he believed the voice on the other end of the line.

"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," said Arthur.

The 81-year-old was told all he needed to do was pay a one-time $1,500 fee to collect his money.  Arthur sent the money and  then more money. After an investigation by postal inspectors, Arthur realized he lost more than $12,000 in this foreign lottery sweepstakes scam. A Good samaritan who saw his story wanted to help.

"When I saw Arthur's story I could really relate to what he was going through. We've all been hurt and taken advantage of and we've trusted people," said John, who doesn't want to reveal his last name.

John decided to reach out to see if he could send Arthur a check and a personal note.

"I think Arthur, at this point, just needs a smile and somebody to let him know that they love him and care about him and um, I want to be that person that helps," explained John.

Arthur was touched by John's note and the generous check inside to help him through this difficult time.

"I appreciate this very much, and your gesture, not just the money, but the card was very meaningful and I appreciate it," Arthur said about John.

"I don't want to be the guy that sees the story and walks by," John added.  "I want to be the person that actually does something to help another being."

Postal inspectors say it's important to remember anytime you get a call, letter or email telling you you've won money and all you have to do is send money to get your winnings, it's a sure sign that it's a scam.

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