Here in Fort Myers at the personal injury law firm of Goldberg, Racila, D’Alessandro & Noone, we are 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.

“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. I was born and raised here, and have benefited from a good life here. I feel the need to give back.”

Alma was delighted to hear the news, delivered to her from a local television reporter covering the story, saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

The scam started when Alma got phone calls the week of January 14th, saying she’d won $5.5 million and a new car from Publishers Clearinghouse. But, she was told 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.”

We are using our Facebook page to ask clients and others to contribute. You can send a check, payable to Alma Costa, to our office in Fort Myers. Our address is 1533 Hendry Street, Suite 200, Fort Myers FL 33901.