The Navy veteran has receipts from wire transfers, showing his poor habit of sending money to Jamaica and Canada after he says he was told he won $2.5 million in a foreign sweepstakes. But in order to receive his winnings, he needed to send $2,000 to pay the fees associated with his prize.
“They’re slick, they’re very slick,” said Breidenbaugh.
In six years, Breidenbaugh sent $400,000–hoping he’d receive his winnings–allowing him to take care of his ailing wife.
“The amount of money they were talking about would give me more than enough money to take care of her for as long as she would have lived,” he said.
Investigators are cracking down on the scheme.
“We’ve had some success and made over 40 arrests of fraudsters in Jamaica operating these kinds of schemes,” Schissler said.
Breidenbaugh is now telling his story to the elderly, saying this game has only one winner.
“Don’t say another word, hang the phone up,” he said.
And the U.S. Postal Inspection Service says if you are really a lottery winner, the only taxes you will need to pay will be to the IRS.
Breidenbaugh’s wife died in 2009 and he lost his home last year.