Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office warns of sweepstakes scams from Jamaica

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 4:47pm

Sheriff Louis Ackal would like to warn the community about a rise in sweepstakes scams pouring in from Jamaica.

The scammers are illegally using the Publishers Clearing House name.

Scammers inform their targets they have won a sweepstakes prize, but first need to make some type of payment to obtain the prize.

Scammers often use the name of Publishers Clearing House or some other well-recognized, trusted brand.

Scammers build trust and rapport with their targets and payments only lead to more requests for money.

In one particular case the scammer instructed the potential victim to purchase a Green Dot Reloadable Prepaid Card for a specific amount. This scammer who identified himself as John, instructed the victim to call 876-567-8751 and give him the 16 digit number on the card and the 3 digit security code off the back of the green dot card.

John would then call the green dot card provider and get the victim’s money while not delivering the high winnings promised.

The Jamaican scammers may call you on the phone, send you an email or mail you a letter (sometimes with a fake check enclosed).

DON’T FALL FOR THIS! Be warned that anyone asking for payment of any type in order to claim a sweepstakes prize is a SCAMMER!

Legitimate sweepstakes are free and no purchase is ever necessary to enter or win a prize – that is the law!

Sheriff Ackal urges anyone that may have been a victim of or have information regarding these types of scams to contact the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office Community Hotline at 337-369-3711 or by accessing the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.iberiso.org and use the online crime reporting form. You may also visit ftc.gov/complaint, click on the FTC Complaint Assistant icon, and answer the questions.

Last but not least, if the deal seems to be too good to be true, it probably is!   


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