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Danville man defrauded in lotto scam

Original post made on Feb 20, 2009

An act of kindness cost a Danville resident dearly, when he was bilked out of thousands of dollars in a scam involving the Superlotto. Danville Police Sgt. Dan Hoffman said the incident began in the parking lot at Costco at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9, and continued at several branches of Wells Fargo Bank.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 19, 2009, 5:42 PM

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Posted by Alamo Mom
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 20, 2009 at 8:26 am

"Act of Kindness"??? Since when is trying to exchange $10k for $11MM from an illegal alien an act of kindness? Wouldn't an act of kindness be to help find legal support services? Kind of seems more like greed to me. With a strong dash of stupidity thrown in. I'm not a big fan of blaming the victim, but the subject of this article seems to be only the victim of his own stupidity.


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Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Feb 20, 2009 at 9:00 am

Life is full of little intelligence tests.... this was just another one!


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Posted by Danville Mom
a resident of Danville
on Feb 21, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Can't believe he fell for it.....


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Posted by rob
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 22, 2009 at 12:56 am

I don't believe he fell for it either. But as far as the first, rather mean poster is concerned, he stopped to talk to the guy who obviously needed help. it wasn't until the second guy got involved that there was any talk of buying the ticket.

In this society, it's pretty rare for anyone to stop and talk to a stranger, especially foreign ones, to help out. And i'm bettng after this happened to him he probably won't stop to help anyone else out. Which is a real shame.


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Posted by Todd
a resident of Danville
on Feb 24, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Pure greed, serves him right for being that stupid.
Rob, your notion that its rare that strangers dont talk to one another is off base. Most people are friendly and will stop to answer a question or give directions. You need to come over to Danville where the people are friendly and some are stupid.


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Posted by JJ50
a resident of Greenbrook Elementary School
on Feb 25, 2009 at 7:42 am

I fell for the same scam but I was working with the 3rd stepson of the deposed leader of Ethiopia…


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Posted by J & J
a resident of Danville
on Feb 25, 2009 at 9:09 am

We attended the Bank of the West presentation about identity theft and scams exactly like it. I heard of this particular scam maybe a decade ago. I thought everyone was familiar with it.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Danville
on Feb 25, 2009 at 10:22 am

You people are cruel. Didn't your mom ever teach you that if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all.

None of you were there and you have no idea how convincing the scammers were. So imagine the victim is reading this, and keep your ugly comments to yourself.


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Posted by Anonymous2
a resident of Danville
on Feb 25, 2009 at 11:55 am

I am with you Anonymous.

If you have strong feelings and want to share, go talk to a friend (maybe he/she can open your eyes to a different point of view). Remember, once these comments are posted, they always hurt someone.

Maybe next time your comment can be helpful and teach others how you would better deal with the situation.


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Posted by PE
a resident of Danville
on Feb 27, 2009 at 6:22 pm

If people can still get scammed in a neighborhood that is primarily educated and considered safe (San Ramon is made up of higher income people compared to many places in the US), then perhaps it is a lesson to everyone and anyone that you can easily be fooled too. However, in this case, I was surprised that this man had driven two strangers in his car---that alone was stupid since he could have been vulnerable to a worst crime. It is unfortunate that we cannot trust a stranger even in an area where we shop routinely or are familiar. However, one can always call the police to help someone out and when helping someone, even a young teenager, keep your guard up!


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Posted by Scott J
a resident of Danville
on Mar 4, 2009 at 6:20 am

I have to agree with the "Alamo Mom" as she questioned the writer of this article. Act of kindness? If it's legit, he's being offered $11m for $40k from an non-speaking illegal immigrant. Who's scamming who? Let's reserve our sympathy for true victims. This gentleman may have been scammed but his greed got him into the mess, not his good heart.


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