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Mo-Bay lottery scam deepens

Published:Wednesday | March 14, 2012 | 3:46 AM

Damion Mitchell, News Editor

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre

The police are reporting that despite their efforts to wipe out the Montego Bay-based lottery scam, it has deepened.

According to the head of the Community Safety and Security Branch, Senior Superintendent James Forbes, it appears that the scammers are now conspiring with legitimate lottery agents overseas.

Speaking last night on RJR’s Operation Justice, SSP Forbes did not provide details but indicated that the scam is getting more sophisticated.

Last week, the police carried out a major operation in Montego Bay where 22 people were arrested in connection with the lottery scam.

The police said three of them are likely to be charged on the basis of statements collected from foreigners, who have been fleeced of thousands of US dollars.

It was the second operation in weeks as part of a move targeting lottery scammers, who have also been driving other crimes as the fights continue over spoils from the scam.

As part of the scheme, the perpetrators obtain the personal information of people overseas and call them to inform that they have won the lottery.

However, the scammers require their victims to wire funds to them in order collect the winnings.