NC woman upset after mother loses life savings to scams

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The sheer volume of mail sent to Sheree Nudd’s mother should have been a red flag.

Sheree showed WTVD-TV a day’s worth of mail that her mom had received. She said that one day she counted 85 pieces of mail.

All of them were scams, letters supposedly from Reader’s Digest and the IRS. Offers of cheap jewelry were used as bait and all promised big prizes including new cars.

Nudd’s mother, Bette, fell for all of them and wired away her retirement savings.

“We believe she lost somewhere north of $200,000 dollars – her life savings. And they left her with nothing but debt,” Sheree said.

Frank Schissler, a U.S. Postal Inspector, said, “Seniors in this country are under attack from fraudsters who are operating lottery fraud schemes from outside the country.”

Sheree’s mother is one of the millions of victims of lottery scams.

“You know, these criminals have no conscience, they’re insidious, they’re evil, and they target elderly people because they know they are vulnerable,” Sheree said.

The problem continues to grow nationwide.

Postal Inspectors are encouraging consumers to go online and check out their to help families protect elderly relatives.

The new website from U.S. Postal Service provides tips on how families can spot signs that their loved one has fallen victim to mail fraud and some ways to stop it.

“Postal Inspectors are urging families to get involved as soon as possible. The sooner you get involved, the sooner it can stop,” Frank said.

“Unfortunately, these fraudsters are so ruthless and so relentless that they won’t stop until they’ve taken your senior relatives’ last dollar,” he explained.

Sheree warns, “You will be involved at some point.”

“The question is whether you want to be involved when there is something to preserve so that you can take care of your parents, or do you want to only be involved after everything is gone?” she said.


  • FaithC

    The elderly trust everybody. We have made it very clear to my 83 year old MIL that she is no to agree to anything and she is to hang up the second anybody asks for money or tries to sell her anything. If they try to threaten her she is to ask for a number and then call me so I can deal with it. We need to look after the older members of our families and talk to them before anything happens.
    These scum know they can get over on and scare the elderly.

  • C-lo

    They’re nothing but scum, feeding on elderly people like that. Just makes me sick to my stomach that there are people out there who are so cold-hearted to take advantage of people. At the same time, you have to use some common sense; if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. They’re not only targeting the elderly; despite age, they’re targeting the IGNORANT.

  • Suzie Andrew

    I’m sorry the woman lost her money but has she lost her every loving rabbit mind too? I’m 67 and I have never fallen for any scam. There are warnings out there in the news, on the internet – and, yes, a lot of elderly women are internet savvy. TV news has run stories on scams and the easiest clue of all – If they ask for money, or promise you a lot of money once they receive your bank information – honey, it’s a scam. I would rather lose PCH because I thought it was a scam, than to send money to someone that purports to be X, Y, or Z (like Readers’ Digest) but asking for your bank information. In other words, BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY! Wise up people – and it isn’t only women who fall for these scumbags!

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