Did you get a call from area code (876)?

Image of phoneRing, ring… you get a call from a number starting with area code (876). They call to say you’ve won the “Mega Millions” Jamaican lottery, and you could even win a car! All you have to do is pay a few thousand bucks in taxes or fees, and the big jackpot is yours.

That’s great news, right? Wrong.

Don’t send money to anyone who claims to have a prize for you. Odds are good that it’s a scam. And just so you know, playing a foreign lottery is against federal law.

A new twist: scammers are asking people to pay “taxes and fees” with prepaid cards. They tell you to go to the nearest pharmacy or a big retail store, buy a card, and call them back to read them the number. Whether you use a prepaid card or a wire transfer — once you send your money, you can’t get it back. So keep card and account numbers to yourself. Scammers use this information to hustle even more money out of you — and your accounts.

We get complaints from people who have lost A LOT of money to foreign lottery scams. Some folks have told us that they’ve been threatened with physical harm if they don’t pay the fees.

If you get a call about a foreign lottery, we recommend that you hang up. And before you do, you might want to tell the caller:

  • I never entered a foreign lottery, so I couldn’t have won
  • I never send money to someone who calls me
  • My phone number is on the Do Not Call Registry, so you shouldn’t be calling me — and I’m reporting your number  

Have you gotten a call like this? We want to hear about it. Submit a complaint at ftc.gov/complaint, or call 1-877-FTC-HELP. And learn more about recognizing and reporting lottery scams and prize scams.

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Money & Credit

Comments

Having your number on the do not call registry doesn't do much and I have reported telemarketers for calling me and have not even received a response.

After I put my name and number on the DO-NOT-CALL registry, I immediately started getting more calls than ever. It's as if that is where they get the numbers from! I found the number in the telephone book when I lived in another state. I don't live there anymore nor do I have that number so I decided not to put my name on the list. I just don't answer the phone if it says "UNKNOWN" or an area code that I don't know anyone.

Unfortunately, scammers are operating illegally and are most often based in a foreign country. These people don't have anything to fear because we can't go after spammers based in a foreign country. Legitimate businesses check the DNC regularly and remove the names on the list.

Yes, I have received two calla from area code 876. They are 876-475-4250 and 876-279-0401. In both cases they wanted me to send them money which is a fee to process my winning lottery prize. Hope this helps

some one from this email is trying to get money from me it from western union department head office 24 rue due akpakpa cotonou benin rep. the number is +22968625377 what should I do they want me to send $105 and I will receive $3000 from them

I have a phone with a very limited amount of storage for blocked calls, and well over a month ago , I signed on the the do not call registry, and still receive no name calls. How do I handle the confusion and time consumption this causes if my numbers are being protected by the do not call registry, especially when a phone number comes up and cannot be identified?

Mr Roy Luwensky of US Consumer Protection Agency phone 775 401 6716
said they were legitemate and were holding a prize that I had won some time ago. Send 50 pounds sterling to Akeen Hayden St James Jamaica I have previously notified you but had no reply of this I enclose this information in the hopes that it will be of some use to you

You are a bit late with that advice. We have been scammed to the tune of $54,181.52 to be exact. Most of it from our Social Security checks. I have telephone numbers, names, wire transfers, green dot cards, money grams, money orders, names, certified receipts, etc. from anyone and everyone who had anything to do with this scam. Wealled the Police who said that couldn't do couldn't do anything!! We called the FBI and they said the same thing!! We reported it to the FTC and obtained an OMB Control #3084-0047 which we can find nowhere in their system. It seems unless you have money which we do not, we exist simply on our Social Security no one is willing to help. We have changed our telephone number twice and they still get us. Now, the UPS (at least that is who they say they are) is stepping in telling us we should be getti ng our ome as this has gone on for too long - since September 2012. But we have to come up with $800.00 for an attorney retainer that they are bringing for Maryland to try to straighten things out. Well I do not have $800.00 so I guess it will not be straightened out. Another scammer? All of the telephone numbers were 876 area codes out of Jamaica. Now the UPS people are coming up with 876 are codes. We need help to catch these scammers. We may never get reimbursed but they need to get caught. They took $1,000.00 from us on July 25th and took off - no delivery of course. Then the UPS people stepped in. We are going to go to the Florida Dept. of Justice/Attorney Generals Office to see if we can get some justice for us. They prosecuted a case in the Southern District Court of Florida against a Jamaican Citizen on precisely the same thing. So there is hope yet for us. I believe it is a pernicious lottery scam. We were told that we won 3.5 M and a car, the I won the Powerball and it increased to 17.75 M and 3 cars. Now I am told by the UPS it is 25 M and 4 cars plus $700,000 in cash. Sounds good doesn't it?

Why would you send money to people you don't know? You were greedy and they took adavantage of your greed and stupidity. Anyone you are talking to is just another scammer trying to scam you again.

Incidentally with regard to my previous comment, the prize was supposedly won with Winners I nternational out of Las Vegas, Nevada.x

Why the Jamaica selling points? I get calls from hear in American with the same crap. Respect the country as we do your. Respect comes a long way, No need to brand Jamaica as the leader in scam, Check out your country man such a Bernie Madoff. Have some respect will you, When your country fellows come to the island, do we not treat you well and send you home renewed?

You treat us USA citizens well and send us home renewed? You have got to be kidding! From the minute we got off the plane your Jamaican citizens harassed us constantly. From shoving 25 cent beads in our hands and then demanding $20.00 for them, to following us when sightseeing, to trying to sell us pot, to making us feel threatened by your groups of 5 to 7 men surrounding my family at one time - telling us we had to buy your worthless beads and even being harassed in the water when swimming. Your people would just not stop, and ruined our vacation. Never again will we come to your country. You take advantage of tourists and went too far with your strong arm selling tactics. Your country made us feel threatened, unsafe and in fear of our lives at times. We were imprisoned in our hotel the entire time because of your people not knowing what NO meant. Never again.

Ive been to jamaica many, many times, and yes, there are people on the street who hustle you for pot, or money, or to buy something. And it costs way too much money to take a cab, and they can steal from your hotel room. But having said that, you find this kind of risk in every country...including the USA. When you travel you have to be careful, wherever it is. take precautions. And when you travel to a third world country where poverty is the norm....you have to expect that people might approach you. A smart traveler knows this before they leave.

I receive these calls daily sometimes 2 to 3 times They have been doing this for 3 yrs. I have complained to the phone company and they said they cannot do something. I know better to send money to anyone like that. Its just so annoying and I really feel sorry for some old folks as myself that really send money. Then they changed their stratics they say publishing clearing house which I do not do. Hope this notice save som people from giving away their money. Mine usually says Haiti. go figure

I got a call yesterday, 7/30 from "Bill Johnson" of Mega Millions. Wow. I won $200,000 & a Mercedes Benz which FedEx was going to deliver to my door. I knew it was a scam, but was curious. Bill told me to go to Walgreens, buy a coupon for $190, scratch back and get 14 digits. The, call him back at 740-531-3340 and tell the numbers. He called back again and asked if I had bought my coupon. I gave him a bunch of numbers I made up. Back he calls. The numbers aren't working. Anyway,through out the day he would call and tell me he was in Sioux Falls, S. Dakota. It was crazy. He babbled away and I kept telling him I was confused. Told him I would have to talk to the clerk at the bank. The clerk, calling himself John Burger called me from 1-876-378-5764 to tell me what a great association Mega Millions was. Oh, I say. What am I supposed to do? Bill and John tell me that I should go to the bank and send money electronically. I tell them that the bank needs a name and account no. They tell me "Mr." Edith Brodie, routing #091408734, Account #11634961. I was going to get money forwarded to my account (which I never gave them). I was to receive money sent from Great Western Bank. Great. That bank folded in 1997. Game over. Figured I had enough info. Called the FBI who forwarded me to the FTC to report. I never sent any money or did anything they wanted and NEVER gave them any of my personal, bank or financial information. It's sad that there are people who get taken in by these scams.

Hi Ladygus I just read your post on Do Not Call and I just had to tell you what a great job I think you did. So often it is much the other way around and your reading where someone got ripped off so once more great job off handling these thieves

Big problems

Got a call today from 876-279-0401...told me I should have gotten an email notification that I had won $5.5 million. Yeah right...because working in a business that involves preventing scammers and fraudsters, I knew right away it was a scam. I could barely understand this man and didn't even get the chance to ask me to go get a prepaid card. I asked him who he was trying to contact and he said "ma'am your information is in our system and due to confidentiality purposes I'm unable to provide you with that information." Yeah OK...you're the one calling me, and you can't tell me who you're calling. OK, thanks but no thanks, and goodbye.

I also have filed claim with FTC about these annoying phone calls but what worries me more is the fact that this is a National Security Issue and the FTC has to have a contest to get help in getting rid of the Robocallers.......this is very disturbing.

To the gentleman who was offended that it was Jamaicans that I was referring to - unfortunately that is where they were from. Each and every one of the unscrupulous gentlemen, and I use that description loosely. I have many good friends who are from that wonderful island and they agree with me. I have now reported it to the Justice Department who will be dealing with this. Enough is enough. I finally saw the light. Thank God I finally woke up after $52,000 + over three years. They are very persuasive, so if you think you won't do it, be forewarned they can talk you into it. Watch youselves. They cry very convincingly.

Just got scammed out of 259.00 under pretense of a government grant. They had all my information which is scary and said for a fee they would wire me the grant money. Relief act of 2009 they said. Similar to everyone's experience they had me go to rite aid and buy a prepaid scratch off card and give them the number. Then they had me call " the bank" for my wire transfer information and I was asked for another 420.00! They said they were from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Don't fall for this. I have since learned they are NOT a bank who holds money for government grants!! I tried to call back for a refund of my fee and was told they could not give me one. The phone numbers involved were 206-855-3305 and 347-566-1964 hope this info helps someone avoid what happened to me!

does any one ever get a call from 850-688-9899
they are very annoying calling four or five times a day I have caller id not answering. just wondering

received a text on cell from 9413122983 from mastercard78 to contact them. knowing this is a scam did not. has anybody else received same.

Scam call from 876-321-8011 Aug 9, 2014
Received a call from David Peterson from Jamaica New York, saying I won the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes and to call this number. I did so and he wanted me to buy a GreenDot card from Dollar General or CVS to pay 1% tax due on my winnings of $2.5 million. He did not know my name.

My good friend a older gentleman has received several phone calls and has made arrangements to receive a lot of money through faxes and opening a new bank account. They have all his personal information and now he expects to get tons of money in his bank account. I feel like there is nothing else we as friends of the family can do. My friend will not listen to common sense. I wish that there was something we can do to help. if someone has information to help please post it on here.

Received over 20 calls from 876 area code over this month, August. 2162

I've been recently receiving calls at work for fellow employees from people identifying themselves as "Offices Smith, Johnson, etc", when I tell them that the person is not available, they tell me that there is a warrant out for their arrest and that if I don't pass the message along, it makes me an accomplice. To make a long story short, one of our employees called the number back, and was told that unless he paid X amount of money immediately as a "bond" his arrest was imminent. We all knew it was a scam, but we wanted to test the waters. These individual was VERY aggressive, so I can see how so many people would be conned. The sad thing is, that our legal council, contacted everyone they could think of, including the FBI, and we were told there was nothing they could do. They use VOIP numbers (voice over IP address) to call. "Officer Smith" had a very heavy Hindu accent. Con Artists are from all over the world, male, female, young and old.

They are still at it. I was wise and did not send money. "John Gilmore" with "UPS Company" called me from (876) 594-3143 telling me I won $13.9 million and a 2014 Mercedes. I only need to send $125 handling fee via Western Union to "Merchant Banker Shortie Wells". He spelled all the names to me and said to call him back when I was at Western Union so he could help me fill out the Sender Form with no mistakes. When I did not call him back, he called me again. I played along with no intension of ever sending money or giving him any personal information. He has called me at least 8 times today. I told him I do not believe him and will not pay for something that I won. Let's see if he calls again. DON'T BE FOOLED by these people!

8-27-14 Calls from 844-695-9395 in the last few days. Their message says they are looking for Roger Perkins and that if this isn't his phone # to call them back.
I am not going to call them, they know there is no one by that name at this #.
I have been getting unwanted calls for over 6 months.
I don't answer the phone!

"Publisher's Clearinghouse" called me from 876 area code and it was Mr. Johnson. After a while of playing along, never giving info, I asked what type of fraud it was. I was answered by being told to look out my window as he was going to shoot me in the head. Real nice guy. I called the police, my cell provider, Publisher's Clearinghouse.
The calls stopped for a few months and are back, along with bladder mesh surgery claim calls.

many many many what works it to sy and FYI this line is monitored by the police re these calls

People using 876 numbers and calling into the US on these scams should get a busy signal for any US exchange.

876-576-5432 called me yesterday. Said he worked for the Price is Right game show. Apparently, I won $2.7 million and a new car. Pretty good for a guy who doesn't watch television.

I have rec every day 10 or more call from 876 and I have told them not to call anymore but they just keep calling from diferent ext. To many to block calls

A mega millions rep who says I won 3.5 mill and a new Mercedes sends you emails with his picture, megamillions logo and a copy of your check with pictures of previous winners. To entice you further, he offers to pay off your credit card which he did for me but wanted me to use the cash advance of $1500 to purchase green dot cards. He gave me $200 of it for my trouble. Then he paid the card off again and wanted me to do it all over again. So I did. He calls from an 876 number. too. Anybody heard of David Turner?

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