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Police: 8 lottery scam suspects charged in Jamaica

June 17, 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Eight people in Jamaica were charged with alleged involvement in the island’s lucrative lottery scam rings following a raid, police said Tuesday.

The Lottery Scam Task Force arrested the suspects last week during an operation in the mostly rural parish of St. Ann. Computers allegedly containing lottery scam documents and other devices were seized.

In a Tuesday statement, the Jamaica Constabulary Force said that eight of the 10 people arrested ended up being charged. The arrested suspects include five members of the same family, ranging in age from 18 to 50.

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

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