FORT MYERS, Fla.- A Fort Myers law firm is launching a fundraising drive to benefit an elderly victim of a sweepstakes swindle. 82-year-old Alma Costa of North Fort Myers lost her entire savings, $7,600, to a scam.
"Oh, I am so happy that someone is helping me. That is wonderful," says Costa.
"I know Alma, and so do the people in my firm," says attorney Scot Goldberg. "We deliver food to her one day a week through Meals on Wheels. I have gotten to know her over five or six years. We heard about this scam that she fell for, and we feel we need to help her."
Goldberg is the head of a firm in downtown Fort Myers.
"I was born and raised here, and have benefitted from a good life here. I feel the need to give back," says Goldberg.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you," says Costa.
She got phone calls last week, saying she'd won $5.5 million and a new car from Publishers Clearinghouse. But she had to send in some money. She sent off $7,600 before realizing, it was a con.
"I have been just sick since then, my heart is pounding and I have not slept good at all," says Costa. "The money they are raising will settle me down a bit."
The Goldberg firm is using its Facebook page to ask clients and others to contribute. You can send a check to the firm of Goldberg, Racila, D'allesandro and Noone in Fort Myers.