Jamaican Scam Escalates

In the movie, Bad Boys II ... Miami cops have their hands full going after the bad guys.
These big time thugs are what a Colorado Springs man envisioned when he started getting threatening phone calls at home at all hours.
In one recording the caller says, "Do you want me to have you killed?"
The targeted man doesn't want to use his name, but wants you to hear his story. He's kept notes on the calls which started about a month ago.
First, he was told he had won millions. Then the callers claimed to be FBI agents who needed his help.
Finally, the men calling from Jamaica threatened to kill him unless he wired cash to them immediately.
Another caller said, "You have the next ******* 24 hours to have the ******* money sent okay? Don't *** with me!"
He wasn't scared, but bothered by the facts... they knew where he used to work, his address, and named off the streets they'd take to get to his house.
He says, "I'm getting tired of it. I said quit calling my house and I said I damn well know you're not an FBI agent and he cussed at me and hung the phone up."
The tough part... Colorado Springs Police can't go after the crooks because they're operating outside the country and out of their jurisdiction.
Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement say Jamaica has become the new center for these kind of schemes.
In fact, we're told last year Americans wired more than $30-million dollars to crooks there... with the money going to violent gangs who're putting the cash into drugs and gun trafficking.
Don't let these guys scare you. Just ignore them and don't take their calls.
Another step you can take... call the phone company and ask to have the calls blocked.


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  • by Alan Location: Michigan on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    I have a cell phone, and I get the 876 calls lately 8 to 10 times a day. I do not answer the phone if I do not know who it is..."unknown" or otherwise...if I don't recognize the number, I don't answer. What would be funny is to get their address, and mail them a few dollars (5 or 10$) and cover the inside of the envelope and also the money with a really bad virus that will stay alive for a week or how ever long it takes to get there...Justice served.
  • by Ginny Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 18, 2010 at 06:51 AM
    We have had a man calling us since March of this year - he calls at all hours of the day and night. We had his numbers put on call rejection - now he calls as "unknown" even though we have asked, pleaded and demanded that he stop harassing us. We have reported him with his 5-6 different phone numbers to the Fair Trades Commission but were advised, also, that very little can be done outside of the U.S. boundaries. Very frustrating!!
  • by Son of Scam Victim Location: US on Apr 9, 2010 at 08:12 PM
    Tell the phone company to block the calls? I wish the reporter who wrote that would call some phone companies herself and see what they say to that idiotic suggestion. The phone companies are absolutely of no help. Hell, cell providers even make money when elderly victims rack up obscene phone bills calling 876 numbers. What's needed is a boycott of Jamaica. The American public needs to know that the Jamaican government has done next to nothing to stop these scammers and indeed Jamaican law makes it difficult to shut down the scammers' phone lines and prosecute these criminals.
  • by John Location: Colo Spgs on Mar 25, 2010 at 11:47 AM
    I don't have any money to give anyway, even it was real. Obama took all mine. Tell them to go after him for money. He has it all.
  • by DJR Location: Springs on Mar 25, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    A fool and his money will soon be separated.
  • by Ryan on Mar 25, 2010 at 12:56 AM
    The crooks probably think anyone in the USA who still has a land line phone is the kind of person who will probably buy into that kind of thing, and of course older, more conservative, and more likely to buy into fear. Just sayin'...
  • by Joshua Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 24, 2010 at 09:28 PM
    I get lot of these everyday. If you know you didn't apply for the Lottery then don't answer. Never trust it if it's from oversea's. What out for the one's that are supposed to be from the military personal!! Saying they found million fighting the war and need help getting it back here and they will give you half!!
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