YOU'VE JUST WON A FOREIGN LOTTERY!
Sounds too good to be true? You're right. Odds are it's a scam.
Our agency and our law enforcement partners have joined with Jamaican authorities to crack down on foreign lottery and sweepstakes scams that target the most vulnerable in our society: older Americans. Operation JOLT—Jamaican Operations Linked to Telemarketing—brings the combined resources of the U.S. and Jamaican governments to fight this growing crime.
Jamaican callers, disguised by local phone numbers, lure victims into believing they’ve won a lottery or sweepstakes. “Winners” are told they must send money to collect the “prize.” The telemarketers rely on abusive techniques to coerce victims.
For the six months ending in March 2013, Americans have reported to U.S. Postal Inspectors $16.4 million in losses from sweepstakes scams originating in Jamaica.
These crimes are difficult to investigate and prosecute given that many of the victims, whose testimony is critical, are in poor health, frightened, or suffering from diminished mental capacity.
If you or a loved one is contacted by phone, email, or mail by someone who tells you to mail or wire money to claim a prize, just hang up the phone or ignore the email.
Legitimate lotteries and sweepstakes don’t require you to pay to collect a prize.
Read about our most recent investigation of a Jamaican lottery scam.
Learn more at DeliveringTrust.com.
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