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This Week's Carenote - 07/26/11
Is there anything that can be done when a 72-year-old man, who is almost totally disabled, has been "taken in" by a scam (or several "linked" scams) that offer him millions of dollars saying he has won a sweepstakes or a lottery (neither of which he ever entered!) and then ask him to send money because they have to import the car or something and he never gets any money? He has sent them over $30,000 since last November, and that doesn't include all the fees for sending the money.
 
His family and friends have told him repeatedly that this is a scam and he has to stop, but he says, "It will come; you have to have faith" and just continues. He gets very aggressive when anyone tries to tell him to stop and I don't know what to do! Local authorities say unless he is a danger to himself or others, there's nothing they can do; and unless he consents, I can't get him into counseling. I am getting desperate. He has borrowed money from others and has many outstanding bills. He doesn't talk to friends anymore, for the most part because he's borrowed from them and has no way to repay them (he had a small auto repair business when all this started). He just answers calls, which go on all day and well into the night, or goes out to send them more money.
 
Do you or anyone you know have any suggestions? Thank you for any help you might be able to provide.
 
KL

 

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