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Attempts being made to prove Ja's progress in tackling lottery scam

Published:Thursday | May 30, 2013

Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter



Fresh attempts are under way to convince United States authorities and other stakeholders in the Diaspora that Jamaica is making progress in tackling the scourge of the multi-million dollar lottery scam.




Speaking at post-Sectoral Debate press conference yesterday, State Minister in the technology ministry Julian Robinson, disclosed that National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, visited Miami on Tuesday, and will be meeting with stakeholders in New York and Toronto, Canada, next week.



Robinson said the talks are to provide an update on Jamaica's efforts to significantly reduce the activities of lottery scammers.



According to him, the American authorities appreciate what Jamaica has done and are currently doing to stem the problem.



Noting that until there is a significant reduction in the number of calls made by lotto scammers in Jamaica to the US, Robinson said the Americans would continue to keep up the pressure because their citizens are being affected.



He argued that while the lotto scam has severely affected Americans, the worst impact of the illegal activity has been on Jamaicans.



Robinson pointed out that the police have indicated that the majority of the violent criminal activities in the western section of the country are the result of the lottery scams.



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