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Jamaican lottery scam investigation leads to Mississippi

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GULFPORT, MS — A Jamaican national was arrested in Gulfport, Mississippi, Monday for his role in an alleged Jamaican lottery scam.

Damion Aljunior Hill, 33, is in America on a work visa, but now faces two counts of wire fraud.

Investigators with the Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division said the two alleged victims were told that they had won the lottery, but were required to pay taxes before the award could be made. Monies were then wired to Jamaica. The victims said they received numerous calls on a daily basis, promising big cash prizes, jewelry and cars, but never received anything.

"These types of scams almost always cross national borders," said Attorney General Jim Hood. "Typically, the defendant is overseas too which usually makes these cases difficult to prosecute."

Hill was booked into the Harrison County Detention Center, and bond was set at $125,000 on each count.

Attorney General Hood has some advice for anyone who receives a call or email like this: Ignore it. If you have not entered into a lottery or sweepstakes, then it is likely you have not won one. If you've won, you don't have to pay to get your prize.

He said scammers will often try to get you to wire money, because that's the same as sending cash. Be wary when someone tries to rush you to wire money or overnight a check or money order.

Also, remember that phone numbers can deceive. If you do not wish to receive solicitation calls, be sure you are registered on the National Do Not Call Registry (888-382-1222) and the MS Do Not Call Registry (866-622-5567).

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Posted: June 17, 2013, 9:10 pm - IP Logged

He looks as happy as a lottery winner. I guess his work visa paid off, til he got caught that is.

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    Posted: June 17, 2013, 9:11 pm - IP Logged

    A Jamaican national was arrested in Gulfport, Mississippi, Monday for his role in an alleged Jamaican lottery scam.

    Damion Aljunior Hill, 33, is in America on a work visa, but now faces two counts of wire fraud.

    Investigators with the Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division said the two alleged victims were told that they had won the lottery, but were required to pay taxes before the award could be made. Monies were then wired to Jamaica. The victims said they received numerous calls on a daily basis, promising big cash prizes, jewelry and cars, but never received anything.

    "These types of scams almost always cross national borders," said Attorney General Jim Hood. "Typically, the defendant is overseas too which usually makes these cases difficult to prosecute."

    Hill was booked into the Harrison County Detention Center, and bond was set at $125,000 on each count.

    Attorney General Hood has some advice for anyone who receives a call or email like this: Ignore it. If you have not entered into a lottery or sweepstakes, then it is likely you have not won one. If you've won, you don't have to pay to get your prize.

    He said scammers will often try to get you to wire money, because that's the same as sending cash. Be wary when someone tries to rush you to wire money or overnight a check or money order.

    Also, remember that phone numbers can deceive. If you do not wish to receive solicitation calls, be sure you are registered on the National Do Not Call Registry (888-382-1222) and the MS Do Not Call Registry (866-622-5567).

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    Why do people still fall for these types of scams, dont they know that you have to play the lottery to win it


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      Posted: June 17, 2013, 9:16 pm - IP Logged

      Why do people still fall for these types of scams, dont they know that you have to play the lottery to win it

      Good point th19940305, I wish I was in Hollywood FL right now. I would be out drift fishing on the Blue Heron.


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        Posted: June 17, 2013, 9:17 pm - IP Logged

        Have a great night everyone. Sleep

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          Posted: June 17, 2013, 10:00 pm - IP Logged

          These scammers are hard to catch, and should lose it all when caught.

          But the real souition is for people learn to about these scams.

          Remember folks,

          "there is no such thing as a free lunch"

           

          I think a poster here has it  as a sig. line.

          Tinstaafl. 

          Did get that right ?

          Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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            Posted: June 18, 2013, 1:05 am - IP Logged

            He looks as happy as a lottery winner. I guess his work visa paid off, til he got caught that is.

            He's happy because America will give you a Orange Tuxedo and a free meal when you get arrested.

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              Posted: June 18, 2013, 10:28 am - IP Logged

              He's happy because America will give you a Orange Tuxedo and a free meal when you get arrested.

              lol

              Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

              For a lead role in a cage?

               

                                                          From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

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                Posted: June 18, 2013, 10:43 am - IP Logged

                Why do people still fall for these types of scams, dont they know that you have to play the lottery to win it

                I wish I knew. TLCML had a scammed person on one episode. 

                How can you not remember entering a lottery, but think it's okay to send thousands of dollars to a non-US bank to pay taxes on it?

                Then again, I couldn't believe anyone fell for those Nigerian royalty email scams, until I found out how many did. There's one born every minute.

                I might wake up early and go running.  I might also wake up and win the lottery.

                The odds are about the same.

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                  Posted: June 18, 2013, 11:43 am - IP Logged

                  He's happy because America will give you a Orange Tuxedo and a free meal when you get arrested.

                  And cable tv & gymWink

                  I Love Pink & Green 1908

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                    Posted: June 18, 2013, 11:48 am - IP Logged

                    And cable tv & gymWink

                    He won the jackpot twice. First with scamming money from those people and now with free room and board with healthclub membership benefits. 

                    Why wouldn't he be all smiles?

                    I might wake up early and go running.  I might also wake up and win the lottery.

                    The odds are about the same.

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                      Posted: June 18, 2013, 5:43 pm - IP Logged

                      He won the jackpot twice. First with scamming money from those people and now with free room and board with healthclub membership benefits. 

                      Why wouldn't he be all smiles?

                      Exactly Teddi, it's a shame we have to pay for our cable tv and gym memberhipHyper

                      I Love Pink & Green 1908

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                        Posted: June 18, 2013, 7:16 pm - IP Logged

                        This bum is smiling because he is gonna JUMP BAIL No doubt!

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                          Posted: June 19, 2013, 9:41 am - IP Logged

                          This bum is smiling because he is gonna JUMP BAIL No doubt!

                          He won't jump bail. He has nowhere he can go. Prison in America or prison in Jamaica. 

                          He's not going anywhere

                          I might wake up early and go running.  I might also wake up and win the lottery.

                          The odds are about the same.

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                            Posted: July 11, 2013, 7:14 am - IP Logged

                            There are different scams all over the world. It takes a lot of effort to eradicate scams. We need each and everyone's cooperation to deal with them. People should be extremely careful in giving money to someone they don't know.