Seniors Beware! You DID NOT win $1+ MILLION. Jamaica Lottery Scam (scams)
During a trial of a Jamaican convicted in the U.S. of being part of this scheme, an expert from Jamaica's equivalent of the FBI gave an assessment of just how endemic the scamming has become.
Kevin Watson, a corporal with Jamaica's Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, told the court that many Jamaicans see scamming as "the only source of income for them."
In Jamaica, the average Jamaican makes about $300 a month. The top lottery scammers in Jamaica boast of bringing in $100,000 a week. This comes mostly from the elderly in the U.S. that they managed to scam.
MOST of these scammers are sitting in a 'mud shack' with an internet connection and a telephone. They originate usually from the Caribbean (like Jamaica), or from Africa, and even Russia. Part of this scheme also usually uses people physically located in the U.S. who are working for the scammers.
In Jamaica, lottery scamming sprang up between 1998 and 1999 when legitimate American and Canadian call centers set up operations in Montego Bay. Young Jamaicans were trained on how to empathize with customers.
DON'T BE STUPID! Don't fall for it. These scammers will go so far as to keep calling and trying to make you believe they are your good friend.
Their phone numbers could indicate they are calling you from Jamaica, Las Vegas, or other places. Once you are over 55 years old -- these SCAMMERS will begin to pounce. BEWARE. NEVER send them a dime! Anyone who says you won a lottery BUT first must pay any amount of money is lying to you. The scammers have many levels.
Part of this scam can be the phone scammer referring you to other people working with the scammer who pretend to be FBI agents, bank personnel and IRS workers to convince people that their lottery winnings were real.
They may give you a telephone number to one of their associates who is posing as an FBI Agent or IRS Agent, should you seek verification. Usually their FBI/IRS scammer associate will have an accent, such as the most Jamaican scammers have.
BEWARE: On rare occasions you may encounter such scammers with no accents also.
BOTTOM LINE: You never have to pay up front to collect winnings in any legitimate lottery. ALSO THINK? You will never win a legitimate lottery if you didn't buy a ticket. Did you buy a ticket for this particular scammers' lottery. No! NO legitimate lottery would ask you to buy a PRE PAID credit card at the grocery or drug store, etc., and give them the number on that card. That is another part of this scam that they often use. Give them the card number of a Pre-Paid credit card, and they can almost instantly steal the money on that Pre-Paid card.
Another way these scammers latch on to your money 'under the radar' is: Some of these scammers operate with a large group of 'runners' in the U.S. who will stop by the home of the person being scammed to 'pick up' the money from the person being scammed. They'll tell the person being scammed to go to the bank and take out say $1500 - $50,000 in cash to pay the taxes on their $1 million or more lottery winnings. And that they will send someone buy to pick up the tax money and deliver their prize money.
When it got to that point - 'toying with them', I usually said, okay - but we will do the transfer at my local Police Station. Once that reply resulted in a Jamaican Scammer telling me to call a certain number who the scammer said was an FBI Agent - who would verify the winnings are on the up and up. The person posing as the FBI Agent at that telephone number was part of the scammer's network.
/s/ Steve K
Seniors Beware! You did NOT win $1+ MILLION. Jamaica Lottery Scam
(CNN) The phone calls wouldn't stop.
Driven to death by phone scammers
14:04 PM, Oct 07, 2015
Jamaican lottery scams target nearly 300,000 Americans a year, costing them $300 million annually -- and leading to suicides among the most vulnerable
The man on the other end of the line made promises of a big payoff: millions of dollars in prize money. But first the IRS needed $1,500 in taxes, he insisted, then the jackpot would arrive at the family home, a camera crew ready to capture the excitement.
The calls came a couple of times a day; other times, nearly 50.
Mr. Albert, we need the money to be sent today ...
Don't hang up the phone, Mr. Albert ...
Mr. Albert, don't tell your wife about this ...
Albert Poland Jr. had worked 45 years for the Burlington hosiery factory in Harriman, Tennessee, starting off as a mechanic before rising to become a quality-control manager.
He and his wife, Virginia, were living a humble life in the Appalachian foothills near Knoxville, having raised a son and daughter in their 62 years of marriage. The family patriarch was known simply as Daddy.
At age 81, his mind was faltering. He suffered from Alzheimer's and dementia. And the caller -- a man in Jamaica -- preyed on that vulnerability.
Poland's lucidity fluctuated. In February, he went to the local police station and asked whether they could make the phone calls from the 876 area code stop. Another time, he went to the post office to send money to his caller. The teller stopped him, talked with him and handed him a brochure on Jamaican lottery scams. He thanked her.
His family tried to intervene numerous times. On one of his good days, he told his wife simply, "I'm in too deep."
On March 21, the caller asked for $1,500. Poland withdrew the maximum $400 from his ATM and sent it via Western Union. He was sure he was going to win more than $2 million. He hoped to pay off his son's mortgage and help his family for years to come.
His son, Chris Poland, was livid when his mother told him his father was talking with the caller again. Chris, 53, had had the same conversation for months with his dad; his father had sent more than $5,000 to the caller. Chris spoke with his father like most any son would. "Daddy, you taught me the value of the dollar. Why are you giving money away?"
As father and son talked by cell phone, the Jamaican called back on Poland's land line.
Mr. Albert ...
The next morning, a Sunday, was like a repeat record. More calls and another tense phone conversation between father and son.
Virginia got dressed for church. Her husband decided to stay home.
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