PHOENIX — People in Arizona and across the country are raising money for a World War II veteran from Chandler, Arizona, who was scammed out of his life savings.
Jack Holder survived Pearl Harbor and went on to fly missions over both the Pacific and Europe with the U.S. Navy.
This spring, thieves convinced Holder, who is 94, that he’d won a “Publishers Clearing House” jackpot. They told him, he simply needed to pay the taxes on the $4.7 million and new Mercedes-Benz upfront, before he received the prizes.
Holder wrote checks totaling $43,000 before he realized he’d been scammed.
He planned to rent out his home and even go back to work as a real estate agent to try to earn the money back.
“I was angry for a minute, and then became energized because I realized I can do something,” Shana Schwarz of Gilbert said, after seeing the story.
She set up a GoFundMe account for Holder, which raised thousands of dollars.
This weekend, her page combined with another one that was set up by “The Greatest Generation Foundation.”
They passed the $30,000 mark Sunday night, just days after Holder’s story went public.
“He is just living American history and an icon, and I have so much respect for the Greatest Generation,” Schwarz said.
The organization “America’s Mighty Warriors” also plans to donated $5,000 to Holder.