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Police: 5 Jamaican men jailed on scam suspicions

July 4, 2013

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Five Jamaican men have jailed on suspicion of being involved in the island’s lucrative lottery scam.

For years, Jamaican swindlers have conned mostly elderly Americans out of their retirement savings by promising over the phone that they’ve won millions in an international lottery but they first need to wire a payment to cover taxes. The prize never arrives. Payments only lead to more requests or threats for money.

In a Thursday statement, police said five men in their 20s have been charged with conducting fraudulent transactions.

Investigators allegedly found the men in possession of paraphernalia used for scamming when they searched a Kingston area home.

Two of the suspects were also charged with carrying marijuana. It was not immediately known if they had lawyers.

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