Elderly Riverside priest's life savings of over $60K stolen in PayPal scam

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RIVERSIDE, Ill. (WLS) -- Father Robert Banzin begins working on his weekly homily the day after he delivers his last one. The 85-year-old is a retired priest, but he continues to celebrate mass on some weekends to keep his mind sharp. That's why he can't believe he fell for a scam that robbed him of his life savings.

"I'm very angry at myself, you know I can't figure out how I allowed myself for this to happen," he said.

Banzin said it began in august with an email he received that appeared to be from PayPal.

"Someone on eBay brought something through PayPal and it came from my account, so this is not me," Banzin said.

He said he assumed PayPal was alerting him that his bank account was being hacked. Because the email did not have a phone number, he googled PayPal to call them to clear things up/.


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