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Jamaica police arrest 6 men in lottery scam probes

June 2, 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Six men in Jamaica have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Caribbean island’s lucrative lottery scam rings, police said Monday.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force said in a statement that the three suspects were arrested after authorities questioned a U.S. citizen who was allegedly lured to the island by the scammers. A subsequent sting operation resulted in their arrests in the northern parish of Trelawny.

The three other suspects were arrested at a Kingston airport after another American victim was caught transporting cash by customs agents at the international airport in the tourist town of Montego Bay.

The suspects’ identities were not released. They are expected to be questioned in the presence of their lawyers this week.

The scam often begins with a phone call that informs targets that they have won an international lottery, but they first need to wire money to cover taxes. Victims who fall for the trick then get harassed for more payments.

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