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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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.

lol there is no such thing as a do not call list. I have worked in the customer service industry for years and when people say am on the national do not call list i just laugh at them and put hem back in que. that is like the worst thing that you can say to someone that dont care about your do not call list. everytime you run your credit or sign up for something like utilities your name comes off the list and you have to add it back. but regardless of that the customer service agents across the nation dont care bcs they are not looking at a national do not call list anyway. it would be too long to look at.

There is a National Do Not Call Registry. Go to ftc.gov/donotcall to add your phone number to it.

Telephone numbers on the Registry don’t expire or come off the list. If you put your number on the list, it stays there, unless you ask us to take it off, or the number is disconnected and assigned to a new person.

A business that makes calls that are covered by the registry has to synchronize its lists with the registry at least every 31 days.

There is a do not call list. And I rarely if ever get calls. The company can be fined if they keep calling. That could mean your job is gone if you don't comply with the Do Not Call Registry

Reputable telemarketers regularly receive an updates national do not call list and load it into their automatic dialing software. Where have you been? Why would any real telemarketer waste their time calling someone numerous times that does not want to talk to them. Your remarks speak volumes 1. Apparently not a reputable telemarketer, 2.You cannot speak for other customer service agents, because 3. You are too ignorant to realize it is not a paper list you look at. It is a computer file, and 4. You say you put the right back in the que. You are bound by law to update your employers system if your "victim" tells you to. You or your employer could be fined. BTW, that call you dumped into the queue would normally come right back to your console. Why would you want to needlessly harass people who don't want to hear from you?

Why would any "real telemarketers" call some that don't want to talk to them? Maybe because they are not real and is nothing but a scam to take your money. I get calls from 876 area code and its alway David from Publisher Clearing House. I won a car and money I just need to meet him in the parking lot at my local Walmart store. I've told him not to call and I'm on the do not call list for over a year.

You are one of the scammers, aren't you? Probably from Jamaica, too.

I just received a call but didn't answer. They've been calling us for two years and won't stop. they told me they would never stop calling until I'm dead. They've called me filthy names. I don't know how to make them stop.

You could ask your phone provider if it charges for a service that blocks a particular phone number. Unfortunately, fraudulent telemarketers often change the numbers they call from, so it might not be worth paying a fee to block a number that will almost always change.

Some people use an answering machine to screen calls, so they can hear who is calling before they answer the phone. If you get more calls from scammers, it's best to not talk to them and not press any buttons to be taken off the list. If you respond, then they know someone has that phone number and they'll keep calling.

Please report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The details you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Change your number. Duh.

Change my telephone number which has been associated with my business for over 40 years? Change my websites, notify thousands of customers, friends and family? Get real. You have no idea what an interruption of your life these evil scheming people cause not to mention how they waste my time and endanger older people who often fall prey to their schemes and dishonesty.

Baffled, most phone companies have a way to block numbers from your line. Talk to them about it. Tell them you are getting harassing calls and that you'd like it to stop.

I went through this with my 88 year old mother. No less than 4 calls a day. The money coming TODAY, then a TSA agent has the MONEY, then the IRS. Do yourself a favor get an unlisted phone number.

Yes & from Jamaica! I am continuing 3 times or more day from telemarketing or scams a day. One is from unavailable ID phone number is, 402 & 400 ??

My grandmother had fallen for this multiple times the people who claim to be FBI have taken her for nearly 5 grand after being told it is a scam her family, friends,several lawyers and even her accountant. It took 4 years to convince her to stop answering the phone, and for the last 3 years she has also received this crap by mail which in spite of everyone's advice she still falls for it on occasion.

whats her number?

My mom also fell for this Jamaican Lottery. She did not lose any money fortunately because I found out what was going on. I wish I had listened to her when she had said a few months earlier a lawyer is trying to get prize money that I have won. They are very devious with the elderly and say " don't tell your children you have this money, won't this be a surprise." I changed her phone to an unlisted phone number after 5 calls a day. She still gets unwanted mail and I probably could do something about that also.

LOL! Lil Tim. Good one.

I do remember entering my number on a national do not call list years ago, but I also remeber it only stopped 'certain' type calls but not all.
However just a few days ago I received a number on my caller I.D. while was away that started with (876) and the name was "Kingston JM". I googled it today and it is like opening a can of worms. There are pages of complaints and stories that date back YEARS.
I eventually ended up here to find a way to report it.

I usually don't answer calls from area codes I'm not expecting calls from or I.D.s that say unknown but a real annoying problem with that is that I can't always block numbers that don't show up and every now and then reputable companies use long distance numbers to send you automatic calls for common things like letting you know that your Taxi has arrived, your automatic prescription refill is ready for pickup or your cable bill is a little pass due.
I wish these companies actual names would just show up, it would make things a lot less complicated and I wouldn't have to screen my calls so much.
Until then, Ill just keep making the callers leave me a message until I can verify who they really are.Maybe I'll just create a safe list of long distance numbers that call often and keep it by the phone. mmm,...that might work for awhile until the company decides to use another to contact you from.:-)

Hey Sweetheart. As a rep you don't dial the numbers. It is all dialed by the numbers I I put into the program. And DNC lists apply only to the country you are in. These scam calls from outside our borders use phoney in-country numbers as their origin and the gov't can't do anything, yet, about those callers. Sounds like you are an out-of-country scammer too!

Yes there is. Donotcall.gov.

There is such thing as a do not call list. I'm on MILLIONS of them. I am constantly getting phone calls fro Kentucky, Louisiana, Colorado,and more.

Jada, you are wrong, and your company can be fined $500 for every violation. I file a complaint for every call that I receive, so if you call my number you will find out

Same here. I think they-someone- sells the list.

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.

I just got that call. 876-585-7578. They wanted $150 for me to claim prize. BEWARE.

same thing. I got two messages from 876 441 9940, Larry Ash, from Canadian Publishing Clearing House. He told me I won 2nd prize in a US$950,000. He gave me a set of numbers to claim my package and wanted me to go to Western Union to pay $100. They will deliver the package next day. The entire conversation, I could tell was fake so I allowed him to speak so he thinks he got me. The more I listened the more mistakes he made. He said he was the CEO, he even gave me a number for his Manager. A CEO is the highest, no Manager. Anyway, I listened then told him I will send money next day and will call him back. I called him back later and told him he is fake, this was fraud and that I have reported him to the RCMP. He told me I didnt know anything about him nor his company and got upset. I called him out and that was my satisfaction. They people need to find a real legal job and stop scamming people. I was in Jamaica on Holiday Apirl 2014 so maybe that's how they got my cell phone and home address.

Just want to update you good people on the evolution of this scam. This morning (06/08/15), at 10:40, a man calling himself Mr. Anderson called my 83-year old mother from a phone number (876-289-8243) her caller ID noted as Kingston JM (Jamaica). Mr. Anderson told my mother that he was calling from Publisher's Clearing House, she had just won the grand prize, and he was ready to deploy the prize patrol with balloons and a camera crew to come to her house to give her the prize. He said the prize patrol was waiting just around the corner for his ok. They would come with a lawyer named Dennis Richards, would pick her up and drive her to the bank, where she would draw out and hand over $350 to cover Oklahoma State taxes as required by law. Mom (who, by the way, is sharp as a tack, didn't believe a word he said, but was intrigued by the scam and wanted to see where he was going to go with it) asked Mr. Anderson if it was possible--since they would all be in the bank--to just give her the prize which she could deposit then draw out the $350 for the taxes. She said he quickly changed the subject, seemed to get mildly agitated, and started talking very fast. As he spoke, she detected a slight accent that hadn't been present earlier in the conversation. She asked him where he was located and he said New York. She asked where in New York and he answered Brooklyn. She informed him that as Publisher's Clearing House is not located in Brooklyn she believed his call was a scam, which he immediately responded to by hanging up the phone. My question is this, if Mr. Anderson has a crew of people on hand to populate this scam, what would be going on at or in my mother's house while she was being escorted to and then extorted at the bank?

I just got this same exact call today. I told him I would listen (because sometimes it's amusing) and he told me to get my stuff together and go to Western Union. AND because my phone number is from Utah and I live in Connecticut, he told me his crew was in Salt Lake City with my stuff. When I told him I lived close to New York City, he told me he was in Queens. I told him to get a better story before he tries to scam people and I have better things to do than talk to people who lie. Then I googled "Call from Jamaica scam" and found this. Ugh I hate people like that....makes my blood boil. Glad your mother is sharp enough to catch him in his lies too!

Same thing today 11/28/15 from 876 757 6309....grmpf!Just a "hello" is all he got in and hung up when I asked "who is this?"

I got a call from them today. it was 876-567-8944 and they told me that they were UPS. I do have a lost package in the mail, so I initially thought that it might be about that. then he asked if I was going to be home tonight so that they could deliver a package that I hadn't ordered, but had won. I immediately just said "NOOOOOO NO NO NO" and he hung up. I get bothered by these phone calls, and I also think it is very suspicious for someone to be calling a young girl asking if she is going to be home alone. So I called him back. I asked him where he was located and he hesitated and told me he is in Ship Rock. Now, because my phone is registered in Arizona, that would make sense. the thing is, I don't live anywhere near there anymore. So I told him that I don't believe him and asked him to not contact me again. He got angry and tried to scold me for wasting his time because he is a very busy man. okay. Hopefully they don't call me again. I don't have the patience for such things.

That's exactly what he was going to ship you, rocks.

I just got one today too. It was bizarre. He had a really thick almost Australian accent and asked me do you recall shopping at a CVS Walmart or Dollar General. He also said he was from UPS. So I asked him what's going on? He replied you have one a large sum of money and do I recall going to any of those stores. I told him no, we live off our land. He said well when was the last time you are at one of the stores I said we don't have a Walmart in a town I've never heard of a CVS or Dollar General. He became really angry with me and said that there was no way that was possible because I lived in a big city. I asked him how did you know that? And then he got really nervous and kind of beat around the bush. I believe he used my area code and assumed where I live. Be really careful of these things cuz when I had called back he changed his name and Company he worked for. It's really sad what these companies go to anymore.

Wow, some publishers clearing house and his name was Randy, I believe he said, she confronted me tonight of the news, to the tune of 4grand, I was in shock! At 93 she's pretty smart! And really surprised she let it happen, then the guy calls while I'm sitting their and I hear the accent! I said a few things, and said with a stern warning, you harass my grandmother anymore, and they should be ashamed for what they did. Worst thing yet, a team of several callers tagged teamed her for a month extorting this, and an address to send the funds to in Georgia, which I looked up google maps and a trailer park! And I also think the UPS called, which after reading this seems to be another scam in the works! I'll make that call in the morning to warn her, and to give me that number first! Total loss I'm afraid, what a day, Jesus, I hope these people rot in hell one day for their ways!

I just received a call from the same man and he said my husband won 2.5 million and a new car, I told him my husband wasn't at home! I lied just like he did, my mother always said if it sounds to good to be true it probably is. I would never send money to anyone let alone someone I don't,

"Mr.anderson" called my phone today also. I knew immediately it was a scam. He said i won $3 million and a brand new Mercedes Benz and that if I send him $3500 they could come today to bring me my prize. I asked him many times how I "won" this money and he didn't really answer my question. When I told him to send the money and I will have a check waiting for the people once I get the money, he said his employees weren't allowed to take checks on site. That's when I hung up. It came up as Jamaica on my phone, but he said he was calling from New York.

Said he was from PCH. My husband took the call. $850,000. Was our winnings. Wanted us to get a gift card from the bank in the amount of $150. Why don't they put their energy to good use and stop feeding off of a dirty system. So sad.

What's the number?

I received one of these calls on Tuesday February 21, 2017. The caller stated that I had won 3.5 million from PCH and a choice of one of 4 cars. He also provided me with a badge number, account number, reference number, etc. We were disconnected before he could ask for any money. The telephone number they call from was 876-506-7323.

Same deal. 876-370-8809 "Richard Patterson" called my number saying I was selected to win $285,000 from PCH. I asked him how? He said it was because of purchases made from my local grocery store. My number isn't associated with any purchases made at our grocer. My wife's maybe, but not mine. I asked if he could verify who he was with their company site and his location. He struggled to answer. He pretended to transfer me to his manager. "Push 5 to transfer me to a manager" Same voice... hmmm, strange. I searched online as we spoke and told him that his number was linked to fraud and identity theft. He hung up on me. I called this weasel back and he hung up again. I'll probably call a few more times just for the fun of it.

Somebody from 18764308980 asking if I remember signing up for PCH a few years back. I say yes. He said I won a prize and I'm going to give you a code. Call 18763995923 with that code. I'm like that's Jamaica. Won't I need a calling card? He said no it's California based. I'm Jamaican so I know you need a calling card.Duh. I hang up. 20 minutes later he calls me back I don't answer. Ain't nobody got time for that!

I got the phone call today. He kept calling, 3 times today alone. He said he was James Winters ,President of Mega Millions in Jamaica. He wanted $299.99 in what he called taxes. I told him I was not at all crazy and if he called me again I would be reporting him. Believe it or not about an hour later he actually called back but I just ignored the call. He even gives u a 800 # to call and a pin # that says your prize is waiting for you.

Me too! I got 25 calls from 876-365-9216. Said we won 2.1 million dollars and that he was an employee of BOA. I said, "what's that?" He replies, "Bank of America" He told us his name was Mr. West. But as he explained the process, he mistakenly referred to my husband as Mr. West. Giant mistake! I told him where is the affidavit? For a prize this big I would need to sign a affidavit by law. He hung up and then kept calling back! Oh, yeah, he also gave us that 800# with an account number and pin too.

I got the same call. To varify the legentment of their services,, I asked them if was alright if I could call bbb so that they would be a 3rd party to hear the varification of this winning. They shuddered at this. It was said that they were from publishers clearing house.But I find out they weren't. So beware out there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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. :(

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