After Navy veteran Jack Holder had his life savings stolen by scammers, a GoFundMe campaign was set up in his name to return the money, and then some.
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After Navy veteran Jack Holder, had his life savings stolen in a sweepstakes scam, a GoFundMe page created in his name raised enough money to cover his losses, with some to spare.
According to The Arizona Republic, the 94-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor from Sun Lakes, Arizona, received a phone call in March telling him he had won Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes and would receive $4.7 million, as well as a new Mercedes Benz. First, he just needed to provide some personal information and open up a new bank account.
The scammers then told Holder he had to pay taxes before he was given his prizes, and so he and his fiancée wrote several checks totalling $43,000.
Within a week, the thieves made off with the money.
“This was the worst day of my life," Holder told The Arizona Republic, and that says a lot, considering all he’s gone through.
Holder was stationed at Pearl Harbor as a flight engineer when the Japanese military attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. The following year his flight crew took part in the Battle of Midway, and later served in the skies over Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands. In 1943, while stationed in Devonshire, England, Holder flew 56 missions over the English Channel and engaged German war planes in aerial combat. Holder also lived through a plane crash in the 1960s that left him hospitalized and lost his wife of 69 years to Alzheimer’s disease in 2014.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.
The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.
The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".
Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.
In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.