Monday, May 7,2012 : JAMAICAN DRIVE AGAINST ONLINE LOTTO FRAUDSTERS CONTINUES (Update)
Latest police raids seize valuable information against criminal groups
The police in Jamaica continued their anti-lottery scam drive over this week, arresting six locals and confiscating computers and other documents rich in information that will assist further investigations, reports the Jamaica Observer.
The Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) reported arresting two persons whilst they were retrieving money from a United States currency account that contained over $60,000. Detectives from the division are liaising with US authorities in the international investigations, with many victims of the scams elderly US residents.
Four more people were arrested when police raided two premises where a number of computers with information on the lottery scam and lead lists were seized. The lead list contained the names of victims, their addresses and other personal information.
Jamaica has long operated as a centre for international telemarketing frauds that target elderly Americans and take in roughly $300 million a year, the Jamaican Observer reports.