Alleged Jamaican lottery scam kingpin arrested in Kingston
A man accused of spearheading a lottery scam that bilked at least 70 mostly elderly U.S. residents out of millions of dollars has been arrested in Jamaica, authorities said Monday.
Lavrick Willocks, 27, was taken into custody Saturday after he was found hiding in a garden at a Kingston hotel, according to a news release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and a woman who tried to help him escape also was arrested.
Willocks faces numerous charges in U.S. federal court, including conspiracy ...
Nov 8, 2016, 8:11 am - Lottery News forum
UPS worker busts up lottery scam
An alert New York UPS employee is credited with saving an elderly Iowa woman from losing thousands of dollars in cash.
The worker called police on Tuesday when he felt something wasn't right about a package that had been delivered to the Union Road store. An investigation showed the box contained $8,300 and was sent from an 81-year-old Iowa woman. The woman got a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and was told she needed to send the money to process a cash prize she had won i ...
Oct 27, 2016, 8:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman receives realistic lottery scam letter, check
Includes video report
Something that many people would want to hear is, You've won the lottery! When the information comes from a scammer trying to steal your money, beware. It's no game.
With two months left before Christmas, thousands of these letters will likely be mailed. The Federal Trade Commission is warning people to watch out for fake lottery scams involving the fraudulent use of the Mega Millions name or logo. Some of the phony names being used include Mega Millions Mobile Lotter ...
Oct 27, 2016, 8:01 am - Lottery News forum
FBI warns of Mega Millions lottery fraud
The FBI's Atlanta office is warning of a scam involving the Mega Millions Lottery that uses the agency's name, as well as the name of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
People who are contacted receive very convincing fake letters that name the above agencies, and the recipients are told that they are lottery winners, FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said. The advance-fee part of the scam begins by requiring the so-called winner to transfer, by wire, thousands of dollars to the lot ...
Oct 25, 2016, 1:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts woman arrested for alleged lottery scam
A Massachusetts woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to bilk an 82-year-old man from New Jersey out of more than $6,000 in a lottery scheme.
Adair Lane, 67, of Centerville, Massachusetts, pleaded not guilty to forgery of a check, uttering a false check and larceny of more than $250 during her arraignment at Barnstable District Court on Wednesday.
Adair was attempting to cash more than $6,000 in money orders at the TD Bank in Centerville when bank employees called police, accordi ...
Sep 22, 2016, 12:51 pm - Lottery News forum
NY man sentenced to 4+ years in prison for lottery scam targeting elderly
A New York man who ran a bogus lottery scam, in which elderly people were told they won millions but would have to pay taxes in advance to receive a payout, has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison and ordered to repay more than $733,000.
Wilder Vladimir Merelan, 29, of West Hempsted, New York, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison by Judge Mark L. Wolf in U.S. District Court in Boston, according to the U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz's office. Wolf also ordered him to p ...
Aug 11, 2016, 2:13 pm - Lottery News forum
South Florida musician gets prison term for lottery fraud
A South Florida musician who helped funnel money from elderly victims of a $500,000 lottery hoax was sentenced Tuesday to three years and five months in federal prison.
Delroy Drummond, aka Top Banga, 26, of Hollywood and Miami Gardens, admitted he worked with allies who contacted seniors all over the U.S. and duped them into believing they had won a lottery prize.
The victims were told they had to pre-pay several thousands of dollars in taxes and fees before their winnings could be turned ...
Jun 1, 2016, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
Jamaican lottery scam drives man to suicide
Includes video report
An ongoing sinister scam continues to cause some victims to lose their entire life savings from thieves operating from a country and an ocean away.
The special Jamaican Organized Crime Task Force is taking on scammers who cost unsuspecting Americans hundreds of millions of dollars each year. They find all the tools of the trade.
Cellphones, cash, and lists of phone numbers are used by suspects. Some go as far as driving a nail through their computers to disable the ...
May 24, 2016, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
Florida woman admits role in lottery fraud
A Broward County, Florida, woman pleaded guilty Monday to her role in a Jamaica-based telemarketing lottery fraud that targeted seniors in the U.S.
Elizabeth Gonzalez, 25, of Hollywood and Miami Gardens, a nurse, pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud conspiracy charge in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.
Her husband, Delroy Drummond, a musician who also goes by the name Top Banga, age 26, has been locked up has been locked up without bond since January. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to ...
May 17, 2016, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
N.Y. man pleads guilty in bogus lottery scheme
A West Hempstead, New York, man pleaded guilty to federal charges in a Boston courtroom Friday in connection with his role in a fake lottery scam targeting senior citizens.
Wilder Vladimir Merelan, 29, admitted he helped scheme to victimize people ranging in age from 69 to 91 between 2012 and 2015, according to the Massachusetts U.S. attorney's office.
The victims were told they had won millions in a lottery but had to pay taxes first to the Internal Revenue Service before they could get t ...
Apr 11, 2016, 5:45 am - Lottery News forum