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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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Received calls, claiming to be sweepstakes and Windows tech support. Asked for status on tech claim #----------.
Scammers buy the same lists advertisers do.

Got call from PCH imposters number 876 410 6041 Mr. David king and Mr. Anderson 2.5 million and a car. Reported them to The real PCH, LIFELICK, IC3.GOV AND FTC.GOV. I only gave email address so I can forwzrd any emails I get.

My elderly mother receives a multitude of calls from the numbers mentioned from others on this site. The first one really convinced her that he was from Microsoft and that there was something terribly wrong with the computer. She put me on, he tried it with me, and I just hung up.

The multitude of calls from various numbers only started within the past 2 mos (Aug/Sept) to both my cell phone and mom's landline. I question this. Both phones listed on DNC for a year or so without incident. Past 2 mos, slammed by foreign spammers.

Hi CS,

It sounds like your mother may have received a tech support scam call. Consider reading and sharing the FTC's article on Tech Support Scams to learn more about how this scam works and what you should do if you get a call. Additionally, please file a complaint about your experience at ftc.gov/complaint. We use your complaints to investigate companies and bring lawsuits.

876-404-7999 They are now calling legitimate lottery winners to phish, ($600 and up who get their names posted on their state's lottery websites. The scammer poses as a State Lottery official. He claims you have won $5 million after being entered into a 2nd chance drawing. The give you a local number to call to expedite same day payment. During that call they will want your bank account info for "tax purposes".

I was called on my home number by a Mike Anderson, I called him on my cell phone as I was out of the house. DO NOT CALL THESE PEOPLE BACK, ITS 4.50 PER MINUTE! luckily my provider credited me this time! the conversation was quite comical, as he fumbled on his own lies, told me to go to cvs and purchase a "certificate" and he and his UPS manager would show up at my house to give me my 2 million bucks from the MEGGER MILLIONS!!!It was made clear that if he came to my home that would be a very big mistake for him and his associates, that set him off,and I laughed at him! I basically gave him the runaround until he cussed me out and hung up. Quite an ignorant individual!!(the comedy made the price per minute worth it! Thanks Mike!!! Word of advice, you are dealing with imbeciles, dont give them any personal info,make them play your game, and if they call, dont pick up!! Screen the calls, you are in control not these bottom feeding scumbags!!

Our family is currently struggling against sweepstakes scammers with Jamaica numbers. Our 91 yr old dad has now lost over $50k to these hideous criminals. There two names coming from 3 Jamaica numbers. A John Montgomery and a David Bejamin keep calling our dad, who lives at a large senior retirement home in North Jersey. They called him many times over the last month. They claimed that my mom (who is now in Longterm care), had won a Million $$! First they convinced him to get a new cell phone #, then they somehow cancelled his landline he's had for 60 yrs! Then they convinced him to go to Walmart and CVS and repeatedly buy the Green Dot Moneygram Cards for government fees. It is still ongoing, since our dad is only now coming to the realization that it is a scam! These people stole the majority of what is left of his retirement savings! Hideous! Thus far we have gotten little help from authorities, with the exception of a kind Legislative Aide to his State Senator!

Hello,

Please report your experience at ftc.gov/complaint. Complaints help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice.

Additionally, you might share the FTC’s Pass it On materials with your family to help start the conversation about recognizing and avoiding scams.

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My 81 year old grandfather just lost over$20K with the same thing. Won a million dollars, but he had to cover the government fees by buying the green dot moneygram card. told him over and over not to tell any family or friends about it. had him get a cell phone and not to give the number to no one. They had his phone shut off. such a shame that people can do this to the elderly. I just hope these scammers get caught!

I constantly get bombarded by 876 area code calls from Jamaica and have been for several months, but I have never answered a single call. I know better than to answer phone calls from an unknown area code, and when I found out what these people were up to, I definitely avoided answering any of their calls. They sometimes leave me messages that I have won a prize, money, or some package, but I ignore it. I know I didn't win anything! I know it's just another scam. I hope that helps.

I just got a call today(10-17-14) from a Bob Miller (publishers clearing House) who said I just won 3.5 million & a 2014 Mercedes-Benz.he sounded very convincing and I almost fell for it. But the one thing is I don't trust anyone here or in another country. It was a Jamaica phone number 1-876-528-8100 The CEO is a Roy Green and the lawyers name is Mary Lee and after Bob Miller told me all this information he had me transferred to talk to the lawyer Mary Lee. At first he didn't mention anything about sending money which that is what I was waiting for then finally it came.
For one thing if I won money from the publishers clearing House or lottery why should I have to send money that is what they are supposed to be doing. I was supposed to call him back but luckily my phone cannot make international phone calls so when I didn't call them back they called me and he told me that he would stay on the line with me until they showed up with the car and the money even though I told him I didn't have any money to send him and he was so persistent that I try to borrow this money from my mother or friends. So I looked it up on the Internet on possible scams and I come across this website. So anyway I called FTC and file a claim and they told me that if they were to call back don't answer which I tried doing but when I didn't answer he repeatedly called my phone back to back to back. Finally I picked up and he asked me how's it going and I told him it was going fine and that I called and made a claim with FTC and not to call me again! The next thing I heard was him hanging up and that tells me everything that I need to know!!!

I receive so many calls from these scammers. One of these fraudsters goes by the name of Mike Watson and he makes threats of physical harm if I do not purchase cash cards and give him the serial numbers so he can withdraw the funds.

These are the inbound numbers for the call center, it sounds like they are in Jamaica:

876-431-9508 Mike Watson at extension 5
876-336-1873 direct cell number for scammer Mike Watson

Between 8am and 6pm 10-18-14 I have received 51 phone calls from area code 876..FTC can't do any thing about. Changed number do not call doesn't help.

I just received a call on my cellphone from area code 876 and a man that said he was from Publisher Clearing House and I was a monthly winner and won money. I couldn't hardly hear him from the dog barking in the background. I asked him why there was a dog barking and he said it was the security dog. That right there told me something was up. I told him I was at work and he asked when would be a convenient time for me to call him back. I gave him a time. I was telling the ladies that I work with and they said it sounded like a scam to them too. So I just happened to go online and found out that the 876 number is in Jamica.

lol. The same thing just happened to me. When I told him I couldn't here him because of the dogs barking he said there are no dogs here.

I just got a call from 876-892-6071. He said he was from Publisher's Clearing House and I won $2.? million dollars. I Don't remember exactly the amount he said. He called on my cell phone and I was busy driving. I cut him off and said, "you have the wrong number" and hung up. I know it is a scam and I am not interested in playing along. My idea is to just hang up and not interact at all with scammers. They are organized crime and probably involved with violent things in addition to scams.

I just received a call claiming I had won $350K and UPS was poised to deliver a certified check. The call sounded as though the person was out of doors in the wind. He proceeded to ask a bunch of stupid questions and provide meaningless information, all in an effort to sound legitimate. He indicated that I would receive a second call and when I did I told the caller that I knew they were a scam and they hung up immediately. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

I received a phone all from an 876 area code as well today and same thing, I won a million dollars and a new car but I cut them off before they even asked me to purchase a prepaid card or asked about any of my bank information. I'm not stupid. I told the guy (who went by Roy Henry CEO of mega millions company apparently) that it's impossible I've won anything you need to play the lottery to win , and that he was a scam artist and I've read about him on the internet and he still persisted !!said I was being foolish. I said no actually it would e foolish of me to not question how legit you are and it would be foolish if I wasn't cautious and suspicious about people asking for my information . It's foolish of you to think I'm just going to give out my info like that and actually believe you when you say I've won all this money and a car for absolutely no reason. At that he began calling me names and swearing at me, I told him I'm reporting him , and then he called me a very vulgar name and hung up finally. Do they really think all Americans are that stupid to fall for these tricks? I know the elderly are an exception because they are more trusting and naive about these scams and don't know any better but I mean for real. You sound unprofessional, you can't back up anything you say, I just don't understand how so many people have been victim to these filthy scammers. there is a special place in hell for these scammers who take every last penny someone has weather it be retirement or there savings that they have worked so hard for. Karma will get them, you get what you put in. You want to lie and cheat people out of money? Ok well then life is going to make sure you are miserable one way or another. You will never win

When I get old and am still healthy I won't trust anyone I don't know. If I'm old and not healthy/got diabetes/cancer/can't eat what I want I'll just close the windows and light a big bonfire of charcoal on the living room floor. Don't stay in the movie theater after the movie is over. All you are left with is a dimly lit room with a sticky floor. No one should be forced to stay alive for other people's jollies.

John Washington and Jaime Green area code 876. Called my husband, told him he has won several millions that would be a certified check, several hundred thousand IN CASH, that they would personally deliver and a new car. Talked with a detective friend and he told us, it is illegal for someone to give us cash money. Also these people ask for small increments (under $300.00) because that way they can't be traced. Then they get your personal info and rob you blind. We are fortunate to have a friend in law enforcement that led us in the right direction.

My husband and have talked with Mr James anderson and then he supposedly transfer over to the man who was gonna take care of my tax money that I needed to have a receipt to show that I was who receiving the prize money. I was first told to go to western union and pay as much as I could toward 999.00 which is the amount taxes I would owe for my 3.5 million dollars. And oh yeah I was winning a 2014 Mercedes Benz. And they were 45 min from my home and needed get that right away . U I told him if I won money my money should be taxed before awarded to me . I told him if they needed proof of who I was that I would show the winning my liscense and such when they got here. I played along with the idiot . I then hung up on him . He called me back on the same number and then told me how blessed I was . I then informed him that I never entered a contest . And that the other individual who spoke first called himself John Anderson. And I asked him are u related . The guy then says no hos last name is Handerson. I told him I heard a dog bark and at one point a rooster crow. He gave me a badge #, reference # , check # . These people think us Americans are stupid. I don't think so. Here's number u can add to the list 876-582-9599. He called us several more times and cussed at us .

Thank you for sharing your experiences. Unfortunately, we cannot address complaints if they are submitted through the blog comments. Please report your experience at ftc.gov/complaint.

Complaints help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice. Watch this video to learn how to file a complaint with the FTC and why it matters.

I have been scammed by these people to the tune of $2000.00 the same way others have. The telephone number is an 876 area code and they will not quit calling my house. In fact somehow someone called them using my phone while we were out of town and ran our phone bill up to over $900. We are retired and cannot pay this bill so I guess the phone company will have to cut us off and ruin my husbands credit because of it. We do not answer any calls anymore if we do not recognize the number or name on our caller id. I am very upset about the fact of our telephone number being used and we are going to lose connection after having the same phone for over 35 years.

crazy call today. the id in the phone was my name and phone number. message on machine about a loan we do not have. how is it possible to receive a call with your id and phone number. anyone please

Just got a call thus morning from an 876 Jamaica number and the guy said I won Publishers Clearinghouse... $360,000 and a Bentley car. I asked why he's calling from Jamaica, and he told me it was Jamaica, New York. He said all I had to do was go to the nearby grocery store and Western Union $460 for taxes and fees and then they would be arriving at my house at 10 am. I didn't believe him and started asking lots of questions just to waste his time and I could sense some frustration and change of tone in his voice. So I acted like I had a bad connection and kept saying, "what was that" to which he would have to repeat himself. Then, I just waited for a while and he said, "Sir, are you there?" I hung up. He hasn't called back yet. This was my wake up call, how rude!
I hope he gets arrested and locked up.

Some place DISCOVRYBY JM 876-823-9194 JAMAICA calling. First the guy was Michael, then Jim . Something about I needed to go to Western Union. They had money from US Treasury to deliver, . Didn't sound Jamaican. Very disturbing, I wish FTC or someone could stop these scammers. People = Please don't send these people money. You get nothing back. Spread the word so others
don't get taken advantage of like some of the people who wrote above. 876 area code in Jamaica are not subject to the same rules as we here in the US. There is no way to get your money back.

I have been harassed by these people for over 6 months even though I now don't answer the phone. Then they started calling at 3 in the morning so finally reported it to the fdc

I have been getting calls like that

I have had it up to my eye balls with these jokers! They call all day long- so I bought a whistle and blow their ears off! I feel better :)

No, don't do that MJT. Nexttime use a airhorn.I definitely recommend that.... lol.

Sad but it did happen to me, lost 1,500.00 dollars. Ripped off! God take care of these people!

Please report your experience at ftc.gov/complaint. Complaints help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice. Watch this video to learn how to file a complaint with the FTC and why it matters.

 

Just got same type of call...Publisher's C/H. I found a while ago the best way to have the stop calling me was to waste their time. So, I asked him if he could hold for a minute, then set my phone down. He give it about 3 minutes, hung up and then called back. I said I was sorry, but could he hold for just a minute more as I was on the toilet. He said sure and I did the same thing. He gave up :-)

876.369.3862 & 876.339.3036
are both numbers that have called multiple times; Whether it be claiming to be the Powerball Lottery, an agent with Microsoft tech support, or an agent with the FBI. My grandmother nearly bought into it and sent the man money before I stepped in and told him about his scumbag ways. I was then cursed out and hung up on, only to be called back the next day on the same number with a new alias.

I got a call early on 29 Oct from Kingston, JM 876 claiming I'd won $4.5 million and a new car. All I had to do was get a Green Spot Money Pac scratch card from 7/11 and put $475 on it to cover the "Taxes" and call them back with the card number. I told them I was thrilled and thankful I had the money in my bank, but asked them if I could just take the "tax" money to my local IRS agent. They preferred I take it in to their "IRS agent" I asked for the address and they came up with "Portland, Jamaica, Wisconsin" I asked them to please pick a state, city or country because I couldn't make delivery to all three. They finally settled on Wisconsin. They called when my local PD was here and I kept them on the hook playing with them while the officer tried not to fall over laughing. I never gave them any important info. The officer told me when I was done messing with them to just tell them I'd called the police and reported their number. I had a better idea. After screwing with them all day, leading them on, asking question after question, asking them to say it again because I didn't quite understand what he said last. Even got the "manager" on the phone who kept calling me for updates on how soon I'd have the money pack card numbers etc. TOO funny, they were such idiots. Finally got tired of messing with their heads and called my local FBI office and asked if they wouldn't mind taking the call. I have a "no answer transfer" option on my phone. The Agent was game, so I set it up to transfer my "unanswered call" from my little friends in Jamaica to the FBI office. Next time the call came through I let it transfer to the FBI and TADA no more calls. I wish I was a fly on the wall to see their stupid faces when an FBI agent answered their call!

Do you really want the (Jamaican Lottery Scam) calls to stop?

Tell the caller that your "good friend" would like to speak to the caller personally regarding the whole matter. Tell them that he can be reached at (876) 754-3435. Make sure they write the number down before they hang up. (and they WILL hang up....)

The calls will stop.

is the new Top Cop in Jamaica, and the phone number will connect them directly to the agency he founded: MOCA, Jamaica's Major Organized Crime and Corruption Agency, the folks who put the scammers in jail/hard labor.)

Add 876-576-9260 to the list of fraudulent calls. They told me I won millions and mercedes. I googled Mary Lee(lawyer that has been dead 2 years) and publishers clearing house and this blog popped up about the scam. They only wanted a $500 green dot card from Walgreens and wanted to know if I would be home in an hour.

I got a call saying I won $2.5 million dollars. I told them that $2.5 million wasn't enough, and that they had to make it $5 million. He 'asked his manager' and agreed to make it $5.5 million. I laughed hysterically when they did this and hung up after he started cussing me out because I was laughing.

i just got a call from area code 876, I have won ten million. He said I had won 10 million dollars. Said I would need to go pay a fee of $99.99 and have the receipt when he got here. He was only 30 minutes away wanted to know what bank I used I refused to tell him. He said he would take me to the bank, hello this is Sat most banks are closed. He asked me if I wanted a quiet delivery I said oh no. I want It public. I said oh I want the news media, flowers enough champaign for all my friends and neighbors. I finally said my husband and I are both retired law enforcement. Click he hung up.

They just called from (876) 574-1261 along me if I'm I'm familiar with Publisher's Clearing House, to which I handed the phone to my husband cause he used to believe in that stuff, and from what I've been told, they usually call first before stopping by. So, they asked him. He said "No", then they kept asking him if he's familiar PowerBall Lottery and he said "goodbye". They didn't ask for us by name or anything. Granted it'd be great to have the cash, but, this seemed a bit fishy. Glad this page is here.

NICE!! I just got the call. He said he was from UPS and that I should be recieving a package today and asked if I was going to be home all day. He then asked if I had a letter from them and I said yes and he was shocked. He then mentioned $4 million and I started laughing and said......."OHHHHHH this must be one of those scamming groups" and he said no not him. I laughed and hung up, however I'm running home to make sure now one is casing my house. I love my second amendment!!!

I received one of these calls last Friday from an 876 area code and reported it to the FTC. I am curious about what is done with the information that is reported and whether any prosecutions ever result from these reports.

This my crazy story regarding Publisher Clearing House scams. On 12/09/2014 @ 10:03 a:m I awakened by a phone call from Publishers clearing house stating that my husband won a prize. I told the caller no thanks I'm not interested and I hung up my phone. I later told my husband and he advised me to check where the call came from. To my surprise it was from Jamaica, my own country. I told myself I should have spoke to the person to see how far it would go. Later on that night a call came in from Jamaica. I was so excited to hear what the person had to say because i knew it was a scam and I had something up my sleeve. The person claimed to be a David Sayer calling from Publishers Clearing House and I won $850.000.00& a brand new Mercedes Benz S class.I played right along with him pretending to be excited.He told me he's calling from Brooklyn New York. He gave me a 10 digit check number 5034283900 and his phone
#876-464-9839 to call him back because he could not hear me. Soon after that he hung up.
Two days later 12/11/14 i got another call from a different guy name Charles @ PCH telling me I won 2.5 million dollars plus a brand new Mercedes Benz S class. Again I pretend to be excited. He connected me to his financial manager whom introduced himself a John Bentley from Sacramento California explaining everything and how to claim my prize which would be delivered to me in a few hours. He ask how much I had in my bank accounts, credit card accounts and my marital status.Before claiming my prize i needed to pay a 1 time refundable processing fee to get the documents to claim my prize. He eventually told me to go to a pharmacy and purchase 2 MONEY PACK RELOAD SCRATCH GREEN DOT, TOTALING $850.00. He gave me his phone
# 876-306-2624 to call him as soon as I'm ready to give him the PIN # from the scratch card.Before I hung up I told him I need to ask him a question. In my best Jamaican accent I cursed him out really bad. He hung up really fast. Guess he wont be calling me no more.

Got a call an hour ago from 876-364-2546 but he didn't tell me I won anything, he said he dreamed of my # and decided to call it to see who would answer, I asked him who r u? He gave me a name, which I can't remember now. Then I told him that this phone call is weird and that I needed to go, then I hung up. He called back asking if we can get to know each other and I told him I'm married and he asked if we can be friends and I told him if he ever calls again I'm calling the police and I hung up. He hasn't called back but the whole thing freaked me out! :(

just received a call from 876-844-9269 on my cell phone.. on a do not call registry also.. pleas investigate these calls..

Thank you for sharing your experience. Unfortunately, we can't address complaints if they are only submitted through blog comments. Please file a complaint at ftc.gov/complaint. Watch this video to learn how to file a complaint with the FTC and why it matters.

I received a call on 12/15 from an 876 area code. I had won $975,000 and a new Ford F150 from Publishers Clearing House, Donald Trump and Bill Gates. Lucky me. The caller, who identified himself as James Parker, had very strong Jamaican accent. He gave me very detailed information on how to claim my prize and where to send my acceptance letter. He, of course, did not know my name. I asked to verify this information and asked whom I could call. He gave me the name James Monroe and another 876#, I hung up and he attempted to call back about ten minutes later. I'm so sorry for anyone who falls for this scam. I never let "James" get as far as asking me for any money. I found this call annoying and even mildly amusing, however I have reported it to help protect unsuspecting victims. Please do the same. I was able to google the area code and Publishers Clearing House and they have posted the scam info to their website as well. Be aware this caller was very charming, seemed intelligent, and was overloading me wtih information, which I can see why some would feel it was legitimate. Things just don't work this way folks.

I received a call from876-885-4040 this morning and the guy said he was from publishers clearing house and that I had won 2.4 million dollars and a Mercedes benz which would be delivered to my house today. I said "you do realize publishers clearing house does not call people asking for personal info and telling them theyre winners of anything", then he hung up on me

876-370-8532 Scam call with screaming kids and wife in the background, broken English, claiming to be the Federal Trade Commission... LOL. Say "hi" to "Mario" if you run into him on the phone.

Apparently, I have at least fifty different packages in Jamaica awaiting my information so they can forward them on to me, all for, of course, a small fee. I get calls from Jamaica nearly every day, and sometimes several times a day. This has been going on for months. I block the number each time, but the numbers change. It's only an annoyance, as I quickly stopped answering anything from area code 876, but it is an annoyance, and they must be having a certain amount of success with other people, or it would not continue.

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