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Baltimore man, 81, loses his home after falling for lottery scam

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Posted: March 7, 2013, 1:27 pm - IP Logged

It looks like Norman Breidenbaugh was involved in several scams "Other calls followed, promising Breidenbaugh millions more — even a Mercedes Benz". I average about 10 of these emails a month, but never answered any of them; I can't imagine how many I'd get if answered one. Part of me feels sorry for the guy and part of me wonders why someone would think they won something they never entered and would have to pay to get their winnings.

"I never told anybody what kind of mess I was in because I was too proud, too stubborn to let anybody know it,"

That's the real problem because nobody knew was what he was doing. When the dust settled it was way to late for anyone do help him. Even if someone had told him it was a terrible idea to pay $2000 to collect his winnings, he probably would still do it because he was convinced he won millions.

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    I guess the question I have is, if he was so concerned about the medical bills of his wife, why the heck would he not use that $400,000

    to pay for them, rather than give it away? Just wondering.

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      Posted: March 7, 2013, 1:58 pm - IP Logged

      Poor old guy....he just wanted to win so bad it messed up he's thinking...


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        I guess the question I have is, if he was so concerned about the medical bills of his wife, why the heck would he not use that $400,000

        to pay for them, rather than give it away? Just wondering.

        Perhaps she was on gov-ment assistance.


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          It looks like Norman Breidenbaugh was involved in several scams "Other calls followed, promising Breidenbaugh millions more — even a Mercedes Benz". I average about 10 of these emails a month, but never answered any of them; I can't imagine how many I'd get if answered one. Part of me feels sorry for the guy and part of me wonders why someone would think they won something they never entered and would have to pay to get their winnings.

          "I never told anybody what kind of mess I was in because I was too proud, too stubborn to let anybody know it,"

          That's the real problem because nobody knew was what he was doing. When the dust settled it was way to late for anyone do help him. Even if someone had told him it was a terrible idea to pay $2000 to collect his winnings, he probably would still do it because he was convinced he won millions.

          I Agree! We will likely never know the full store. I do know that computers call my number all the time just to see if there is an answer. If I answered all the random calls that come in, I get put on lists a my call count per day can go through the roof.

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            Posted: March 7, 2013, 3:45 pm - IP Logged

            If only the Television stations around the country would Air warnings about these scammers, a lot of this would never happen.

            They can Air time other items of their choosing, why not Air time something to help these Seniors....

            I agree, what a sad story, I hate to see anyone taken advantage in that way.

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              Posted: March 7, 2013, 3:55 pm - IP Logged

              I Agree! We will likely never know the full store. I do know that computers call my number all the time just to see if there is an answer. If I answered all the random calls that come in, I get put on lists a my call count per day can go through the roof.

              I think what happens is the computer dials 4 different phone #s at a time,

              whoever answers 1st gets the sales pitch, the others are disconnected.

              I just let the machine answer, sometimes you get a recording talking to a recording.  LOL

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                Posted: March 7, 2013, 4:35 pm - IP Logged

                Hi everyone,

                 Even though I joined a few months ago, this is my first post. So, I'm saying "Hi" I play Powerball and Megamillions regularly.

                Now, on to this story, I agree with Ronnie316 when he said: "Some people wait all their life to hear "Your a winner!" They just are. I feel sorry for the 81 yr old in this story, but at the same time, I'm thinking, "How could you do this?" "How (on Earth) could you fall for this scam?" Seriously, he learned a valuable lesson the rock-hard way. Hopefully by him spreading his story to other seniors it should help them avoid the same fate.

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                  Posted: March 7, 2013, 4:42 pm - IP Logged

                  Poor old guy....he just wanted to win so bad it messed up he's thinking...

                  Agreed- its no different than paying the lottery, you throw down serious cash over the lifetime of your playing " hoping" to hit the big one.There is no way anyone is gonna convince you to back off playing.. its all about " what if l won".Like a moth to a flame this codger was reeled in with the chance of having won.
                  But paying out $400, 000 to scammers is mindboggling.


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                    Hi everyone,

                     Even though I joined a few months ago, this is my first post. So, I'm saying "Hi" I play Powerball and Megamillions regularly.

                    Now, on to this story, I agree with Ronnie316 when he said: "Some people wait all their life to hear "Your a winner!" They just are. I feel sorry for the 81 yr old in this story, but at the same time, I'm thinking, "How could you do this?" "How (on Earth) could you fall for this scam?" Seriously, he learned a valuable lesson the rock-hard way. Hopefully by him spreading his story to other seniors it should help them avoid the same fate.

                    I Agree!Welcome to LP JoeCanWin.

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                      Posted: March 7, 2013, 4:56 pm - IP Logged

                      Governments could catch these guys if they worked together or really cared about it.

                      But they really don't care about it cuz there's no payoff for them.

                      It's every man for himself nowadays.

                      If the government stepped in and stopped these people sending money to these scammers, someone would complain about one of their rights being taken away.

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                        Posted: March 7, 2013, 5:52 pm - IP Logged

                        People.....

                        Talk to your relatives.

                        Talk to your relatives.

                        The best way to prevent this is to talk to your relatives and have the relatives talk to their friends.

                        It is up to us to put the word out.

                        Be like a person with a wallet full of baby pictures that everyone is trying to avoid.

                        Talk to your co-workers.

                        Talk to the grocery store clerks.

                        Talk to the people at the laundry mat.

                        Spread the word each and every opportunity you have.

                        I talk to people all the time and you would be surprised how most of these people play the lottery but don't know what we "the folks at LotteryPost" knows.

                        I was talking to my insurance agent and I was telling her about something lottery related and she had no idea what I was talking about.

                        I told her to check it out here at LotteryPost.

                        I try to refer as many people to this site because the best lottery player is an informed lottery player.

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                          Dateline did a thing on internet scams and there was this guy who thought he was talking to his young and beautiful future wife and then "she" conned him out of a lot of money. I think he was doing this behind his wifes back too. There is some brain deficiency for people who believe these obvious scams and they are not all old people. I had a neighbor (years ago) who was a security guard and so was his wife (he was in his late 50's) and one time I was having dinnner at their home and he kept getting calls from soliciters where he gave out his SSN. I gave him a lecture but it did zero good.

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                            I Agree!Welcome to LP JoeCanWin.

                            But he was scammed time and time again. I feel very sorry for him but I think if someone called him and said this was NOT a scam, he would fall for it again.

                            J'aime La France.

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                              Posted: March 7, 2013, 6:45 pm - IP Logged

                              Poor old guy....he just wanted to win so bad it messed up he's thinking...

                              I Agree!

                              J'aime La France.