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Lottery scammers a step ahead of cops

Published:Monday | May 7, 2012 | 12:00 AM

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER of Police Carl Williams says law enforcers are being forced to play catch up to the lottery scammers.

"We are constrained by the rule of law and our own professional standards," the senior cop said.

ACP Williams gave the keynote address at a Cybercrimes Act awareness seminar at Iberostar Hotel in Montego Bay on Saturday.

"We are not fighting cyber criminals on a level playing field," he continued. "Similarly, it is difficult to design legislation that will absolutely address the phenomenon. Even as we speak technology is evolving, and with it new opportunities for cybercrime."

The infamous lottery scam has kept both local and international investigators busy since its inception in 2006. Williams said it is the single most significant contributor to the increase in murders in the parish in most recent years.