Authorities in Menlo Park are warning residents about a recent “Jamaican lottery” scam that targeted an elderly couple. The suspects contacted the couple and claimed to have ties to a business called Global International, according to Menlo Park police. The suspects engaged the victims in conversation and promised financial gains for a short-term loan to claim a prize that they had supposedly won, police said.
The victims eventually paid an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect agency, which was not returned. Police are investigating the incident. In this and other scams, the suspects called from areas like Kingston, Jamaica and Las Vegas, Nev. and promise a financial gain or prize, police said. Other scams targeting the elderly include calls from people who pretend to be a relative who has been in an accident or in jail.
The subject requests money to be wired for help with bail or supposed legal bills. Police advised residents to never give out personal data over the phone, and to verify information with family members prior to acting on what is being demanded by the callers. The FBI has a list of common fraud schemes that target seniors at www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/seniors. Anyone who has been contacted by a potential scammer should contact the local police department.
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