El Paso veteran loses life savings from mail scam
POSTED: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 6:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 6:52pm
Victoriano Herrera lost $21,000 to National Data Advisors
With the promise of providing a secure financial future for his family, One El Pasoan has sent thousands of dollars to a company promising him millions in return.
But after months of waiting, this military veteran, hasn't received his money and he wants to warn others about this scam.
Victoriano Herrera holds up a letter. To him it’s a promise of financial security.
"I've been trying to do it so I can leave the house paid and give my family, you know, my sons,” Herrera told us.
The letter from National Data Advisors promises the 82-year-old retired paratrooper almost two million dollars but he was asked to shell out some cash first.
"Every time they were going to send it they said that they couldn't send it because they needed 400, 500,” Herrera explained. And that number kept rising over the last two months Herrera has given this company - $21,000.
"Oh we need this money, and they will deliver the money,” Herrera added. But the money was never delivered and even when we tried contacting them - we were also unable to get answers.
Margo Monreal of the Better Business Bureau of El Paso said this company is more than likely a scammer. "You can detect right away if it's a scam or not. You should never have to wire money,” Margo Monreal said.
In order to protect yourself and your family she said you should conduct some research before handing any money over. "Educate yourself and share that knowledge with your parents and with your whole family,” Monreal explained.
Herrera said the company promised a refund but realizes he may never see his life's savings ever again.
"Tell these people not to get involved with them because they're a bunch of crooks,” Herrera pleaded.
If he doesn’t see his $21,000 returned, he may have to file for bankruptcy.
The BBB of El Paso said these kinds of companies usually target the elderly population. Monreal explained no one should ever have to pay to win a lottery or sweepstake and if that company is foreign -- it's more than likely a scam.