Fort Morgan Police recently took a report from an 82-year old victim who had fallen for a lottery scam and lost over $3,000 to foreign criminals.
Fort Morgan Police recently took a report from an 82-year-old victim who had fallen for a lottery scam and lost over $3,000 to foreign criminals.
The victim in this case was advised they had won a lottery and in order to receive their winnings, they had to send money to pay for taxes and other fees. The thief made contact with the victim by telephone and would sometimes call several times a day.
Over a period of a couple of months, the victim sent checks as instructed in amounts varying between $500 and $1,500. In all, the victim was bilked out of $3,725 by the scam artist.
Police were able to determine the “876” area code phone number used by the criminals originated in Jamaica, a common source for many U.S.-targeted scams. While this area code should be a “red flag” to anyone receiving a call, criminals sometimes disguise the location from which they are calling.
Residents are reminded that if they did not enter a lottery, they cannot win. Foreign lotteries are illegal in the United States and a winner should not have to pay to receive a prize.
While there is little police can do to recover money sent out of the country, if you think you are the victim of scam you can call local law enforcement or file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
This is your Weekly Crime Alert. Contact Community Resource Officer Roger Doll at (970) 542-3948 if you have any questions.
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