WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Authorities with the Wilmington Police Department are warning citizens of a recent "Jamaican Lottery Scam," targeted mostly at senior citizens.
Investigators say victims have been receiving calls from overseas from people claiming to be from Jamaica, informing victims that they have won a lottery sweepstakes.
Scammers then show the victims detailed information about them that they have been able to find through the internet, and proceed to ask victims to "pay taxes" on the winnings.
Sometimes, victims will be provided with a "check," but will be told not to cash it until they have paid said lottery "taxes" via check or money order to a specific person.
If the victims don't comply, the scammers sometimes become belligerent and call repeatedly. If victims do pay, the scammers continue to take more money.
Scammers also tell victims not tell anyone that they've "won" for their own "protection."
Sometimes, victims who have fallen for the scam are told that they will get their money back if they help the scammers by calling a list of victims, further assisting the scammers to avoid getting caught.
Police remind folks who receive a call regarding such a scam to hang up the phone, and to even look into calling your service provider to have them block the incoming phone number.
You should never send money or personal financial information to anyone using a personal name or address who claims to be part of a company or financial institution.
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