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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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I got the telephone number from a Google page and this am an message from them telling me that I was hacked and I believe that the number was an 8 something area code. And a message this am..two things though. 1)I would have to break this connection 2) I have that number written down but I would have to be gone until I find it.Two minutes or twenty I don't know

Thank you for this information. I've received 2 calls in the last week. I just blocked this caller!

Yes thank u for this info because I got the same call today but I told him take the money out of my winning he said that I should send $135 and get my check for $2.35 mil the next day ups.Scammers!!!

I too have been on a "do not call list" and for a time got way more calls than ever before. Also beware of giving the Hampton Inn chain an email address or a real telephone number. I once made that mistake and had to ask my service provider to shut down the address as I was getting upwards of 300 X-rated ads every day.

BEWARE of # 876 471 2370 Called my Grandma who we are in the process of taking financial control of and said to wire $499. She is 92 and getting confused. Thankfully we stopped her though she got his number (he was dumb enough to give it). How do they get the numbers of elderly to target them?

My 90 year old mother, who still has all her wits about her, rec'd a call from 716-777-3785 but was also given the callback number of 876-539-8089 & told he was with the Treasury Dept. Unfortunately, "Mr. Fayer" said the magic words Publisher Clearinghouse & my Mother's excitement outweighed her good sense & she was scammed for a lot of money before we found out about it. He told her she has won a new Lincoln & 10mil. She just wanted to help her kids. :(

I received call, did not answer, called again so I picked up assuming it was important. He said I had won, I told him if I had to mail me something since he should have all my details if I had entered but unfortunately he didn't even know my name "busted" so I then knew it was a scam. Good thing cause two hours later my husband received same call, he replied " how did I win? Cause my wife just claimed your prize " no comment from the all mighty Mr. Richards from PCH at that point. Ha ha but my words exact was, they will make thousand calls, if one person falls for it, they made their money for the day. Sad our people have to take advantage of others hard earned money.

Scam!!!!

This man mr. Dave called from 8765246464 he said I won 2,25 million dollars, a Mercedes bens, and five thousand a week. I really want too research this but my husband said, NO.

Yes he has said his name is Dave that right he just won't stop harassing my mother and cursing at my mother because we tell him we don't want no prize and stop calling this number and he continues to call relentlessly no matter what we tell him. It very up setting thank u for listening. This needs to stop

If you’re getting repeated calls from the same number, your phone company may be able to block that number, but first ask whether there’s a fee for this service.

If you’re getting unwanted calls from a lot of different numbers, look into a call blocking solution. There are online call blocking services, call blocking boxes, and smartphone apps that block unwanted calls. Do an online search to look for reviews from experts and other users, and find out whether the service costs money.

I WORK IN THE IT FIELD FOR A GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION AND WE ARE ALL RISK FOR FRAUD AT WORK AND AT HOME. DO NOT EVER SEND ANYONE MONEY IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHO THEY ARE NOT EVEN IF THEY CLAIM TO BE A BANK, SWEEPSTAKES OFFICE, OR CREDITOR. A REAL CREDITOR OFFICIAL WILL SUBMIT A WRITTEN LETTER TO YOUR HOME BEFORE EVER CALLING ABOUT BILLING AND ASKING FOR YOUR CARD INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE. ALWAYS CALL THE CREDITOR IN QUESTION DIRECTLY FROM YOUR KNOWN CONTACT INFORMATION AND VERIFY THE IDENTITY OF THE CALLER. A VALID CREDITOR WOULD NEVER ASK FOR A WIRE PAYMENT OR MONEY TRANSFER.

I HAVE BEEN SO STUPID THAT I'VE BEEN SCAMMED BIG TIME. I HAVE GOTTEN CALLS FROM A JAMES GOODMAN 876-897-9866 OR 702-674-6179, HE GOT OFFENDED WHEN I CUSSED HIM OUT AND HE TOLD HIS BOSS ROMAINE GRANT IN JAMAICA, WI, AND STILL I KEPT BELIEVING HIS B/S THAT I HAD WON $60M AND A 2015 MERCEDES BENZ WHICH WOULD BE DELIVERED BY UPS THIS DELIVERY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE TAKING PLACE 11/05/2015, BUT ONE OF THEIR TEAM MEMBERS STOLE $300K AND THEY WERE DEALING WITH THE FBI,SO RESCHEDULED FOR 11/6/2015, OBVIOUSLY NOTHING WAS DELIVERED. NO SHOW GUESS WHAT $11,000 I HAVE NOT GOTTEN ANYTHING.
THE 2ND SCAMMER DAVID BANKS 876-530-4865, 702-347-4608, 781-435-7198, 408-785-7840 TOLD ME I HAD WON $84M, HE ALSO TOLD ME TO SEND HIM MY AMEX CARD AND A NET SPEND DEBIT CARD SO THEY CAN USE IT TO LOAD MY FUNDS. IF MY GREED FOR MONEY HAD BEEN GREATER THAN THE MY HIND SITE I WOULD NOT BEEN CRYING FOUL NOW.
THE 3RD SCAMMER CALLED HIMSELF MR. BALTIMORE 817-203-3298 OR 876-864-4894, HE CLAIMED I WON $8.5M. TO DATE I HAVE RECEIVED NOTHING BUT A SWIFT KICK IN THE TEETH, UP TO THIS MORNING, HE WAS GOING TO DELIVER THE FUNDS IF I PAID $900, THAT'S WHEN I TOLD HIM I HAD ENOUGH. I LIVE ON SOCIAL SECURITY, AND HAVE NOT PAID MY BILLS BECAUSE I KEPT BELIEVING THESE JERKS. BUT ACTUALLY, I HAVE NOBODY TO BLAME BUT MYSELF.

These are important details to put in a complaint. Please report the scams to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The information you give goes into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

These comments were posted 2 years ago yet a friend of my started getting these calls last week. Is the FTC ever going to do anything about them? Since this is a criminal enterprise, aren't the phone companies complicit - and liable? After all they know (and knew or should have known) about this fraud and have done nothing to stop it.

Someone told you a car would be delivered by UPS. Just think about that a moment.

I am on the National DNC list as well as one by my state. The state representative who was trying to locate and shut down a con artist that was calling me constantly made some recommendations that I now follow:
1- if you answer a call from an unidentified or unknown number that is a scammer, it tells them this is a viable number to keep calling.
2- if you don't answer unidentified calls or unknown numbers, you will start getting less scam calls.
3- have an answering machine, or phone co. answering service. If an unknown caller is someone you should talk to, they will leave a message.
4- scammers often use IP phone numbers, or spoof the number they are calling from, so it's a waste to try to call them back. Recently I got a series of calls from MY phone number. It's really odd to see my own number on the caller ID, but they can even call you from YOUR number spoofed.

So, that makes it very difficult for state or federal investigators to catch the scammers. That's got a lot to do with why you THINK they're not doing much. Reporting is worth doing, but investigating can be difficult.

I WON!!!!!!!!! Im quitting my job and driving my new Mercedes! I cant wait till I get my money!

I recieved one of these calls and listened to the lies & hung up then was charged on my cell phone bill for an international call. I think the crooks have figured out how to reverse the charges. Morale of the story: unless you know someone in Jamaica NEVER answer a call with an 876 area code.

David with the Jamaican accent called today, from PCH and now it's a 2.8 million and a 2016 Ford F150 pickup,wanted a 299.00 registration fee ,they are trying to beat victims to the punch by telling them that they are BBB certified (that was the first people I contacted after he asked for money) this scam based on all the comments has been going on for years, some us us KNOW it's a scam , but for others something needs to be done.

They've been calling for years. 876 Many repirts made to FTC. I woke up this morning realized they haven't called for quite a while......pretty much the same timeline the Credit card was paid off that they company allowed them overage charges.....just curious has anyone else experienced this.

876-573-4646 scammed $22,000.00 from a family member in West VA on January 7, 2017 over the course of 4 days. Name given was James Freeman. Money sent to Evelyn Combs in Elkton, MD. Beware!

I don't want them calling me anymore

8765764931 kingston JM is the number i got a call from. He kept calling me sweetheart. Then he asked me if i had a bank account and i said no. He proceeded to call me a lier! And said i think its a scam and thats why I'm lying. I only answered the call because​ i was board. So he told me i won 250k and a Mercedes. I got disconected and called back. Then he told me i won 150k and a 17 Malibu! I correct him on the car. He wanted $499 to get the prize today. He eventually got mad and said fine you get nothing today! Lol!! By the way their were roosters kn the background. DEAD GIVEAWAY!

YOU CAN GET A SERVICE FROM YOUR PHONE CO, FOR ABOUT $6.00 A MONTH FOR BLOCKING PHONE NUMBERS, THE USUAL MAX IS 12, CALL THEM, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS, I ALSO HAVE SEEN STRANGE NUMBERS AND ANSWERED THE PHONE LIKE, ______ TOWN, POLICE STATION TOMMY'S BAR AND GRILL, ( YOUR COUNTY'S FEDERAL PRISON, COUNTY FEDERAL BUILDING, OR SOMETHING DUMB LIKE THAT, (( MAKE ONE UP )) THEY HANG UP AND USUALLY DO NOT CALL AGAIN, IT IS FUN..

names they use are james miller and mary depalmer. from jamaica.

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

You should contact the police

does not do any good to call the police

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?

Do you have caller identification & an answering service in your phone? If it is a number you do not recognize our a number that is not local, just don't answer it and if it is important they will leave a recorded message. If it is real they will leave a message.

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.

They take millions from people every year because people are so easily lured by easy money. If you didn't enter a lottery, you can't win. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. If they call you, it is a scam. Sorry you lost so much, but, please remember that there are hundreds of thousands of people out there who do nothing all day but think of ways to take other peoples hard earned money.

Here's an old saying my great grandfather told me "if it looks and sounds to good to be true, it probably is."
The other suggestion we learned on another investigation is shred & black out both sides of any letter type info. This includes any bar codes etc. Hope this helps everyone! Thanks.

If a caller says you won something instantly hang up

I can not believe people still fall for this crap! I want to feel bad for them, but at the same time, I'm like, what the hell is wrong with you people? These scams have been all over the Internet and tv for years, yet people still fall for them. Blows my mind!

I expect that the majority of folks who are taken by these frauds are elderly people who do not use computers and possibly have been stay-at-home moms who believe the best of others. Fortunately I've been in the workplace for 44 years and am cynical by nature so I ignore the calls.

The reason maybe as simple as most people believe that people are good that's called trust and its that trust that makes it easy for crooks!

my phone numbers were not 876 numbers they were 7606180402 a man named Michael I forgot his last name, also a woman named Gloria Billworth, who is she.? I did get a million calls with 876 numbers the ones that are connected with Donald trump didn't ask for any money. all In was asking is Donald trump connected with the mega millions, i did not want to listen to all the scams, Just asking about mr Trump. I got scammed myself'

When People give in to these scams and trade their life savings for a promise of millions in exchange for their life savings. This is what keeps these scams alive and well. this is also why we keep getting harassed despite that we have enough common sense to recognize these as scams. It does not pay to be greedy. and we continue pay the price for others greed.

I had the exact same thing happen to me. I was very stupid to fall for it.... It was at a time where my life was falling apart, I lost my entire family, I lost my job of 16 years and had to cover large costs associated with funding everyone's final estate expenses. They did not have their affairs in order and were young. We never know whats is in the cards, I learned to always be in order.

Well I used all of my retirement money and savings thinking it would re-coupe upon delivery. This went on for so long and to this day the same calls come in, I keep the ringer off my home phones.

I had to change my cell phone number in fact I had a call from my cell carrier one month that I had almost 200 in charges from overseas calling. It may seem as if they are calling from within the US but I tracked the phone numbers and it lead to a small telecommunications company in southern Florida which they were using a trunk line.

I was thinking if your attorney is getting anywhere it may be worth a class action or multi person suit? If we can not fight them directly which I would not understand why not as they can be traced and the media knows where some of the area they are based out of, like another terrorism ring to breakup.

I know the US Authorities and the Jamaica Authorities were working together to end this. In fact, here is the link on from CBS, the "60 minute" story, reported by Mike Wallace back in 2013.

Worse comes to worse we will could fight at another level, such as our government or Home Land Security why they can't keep us and more specific, senior citizens safe from crimes. They were so focused on one area of terror and never thought of the many other threats we deal with each day for such a long time, it should be just as important, why where they not paying attention?

I just get so angry when this comes up and all the damage they have done to our seniors who have it hard enough and then have become victims! I would fight this for that reason alone!

This is a form of terrorism as well, I think you would agree?

Just some thoughts and words for all to ponder and see if we have a chance to actually fight for justice and actually win!

Any thoughts please feel free to add to my comments and watch the special would will get an idea of what type of criminals we are dealing with. Then they have the nerve to end their calls with a God Bless You..... Well their judgement day will come either way.

I googled it because they called me today and of course I don't believe it oh I am so sorry for this but I have the information I don't know if this will help you they asked me to call John Malone extension 5 they gave me a package number and a phone number and the name of the guy was Mr James Carter but thanks to God that I know this not real and its a scam.

You can report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The information you give goes into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

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.

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