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No love for scammers

Published:Friday | February 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM
American law enforcement officials escorting alleged lotto scammer 28-year-old Davion Barrett of Norwood, St James out of the island recently. Barrett is the first Jamaican to be extradited to the US to answer charges related to the lottery scam.


THE NATION continues to be negatively affected by the lottery scam being carried out by nefarious criminals principally operating in western Jamaica. Thousands of American citizens have been scammed over the period, totalling billions of Jamaican dollars.

I would like to commend the hard-working, dedicated and professional police officers who are attached to the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Lottery Scam Task Force, which was established to methodically investigate and thwart the activities of the scammers.

Since the task force's establishment, many scammers have been arrested and placed behind prison bars, awaiting sentencing, while others are currently being intensively investigated. So far, one scammer has been extradited to the United States of America to face charges. The police task force should be given all the necessary resources required to widely investigate and arrest those scammers who are involved with the scamming of overseas citizens. Those scammers are reckless criminals who have a get-rich-quick mentality and they must be sentenced to long prison terms, whether here in this country or in the States.

They have been allowed to get away for too long. The police task force that is tackling these criminal acts requires the full support of Jamaican citizens, and all persons with the necessary information to apprehend those scammers should give the information to the police.