Several viewers from the Bay Area tell us they've been getting calls about having won the lottery. Turns out, the caller is from Jamaica. The twist in the con is the scammer tries to get the victim to buy some Green Dot Money Pack cards -- you guessed it, the fee for processing so they can get their winnings. But, once the victim gives the scammer the number off the back of the card, the money is gone.
In doing research for the story, we came across this report last month from Jamaican TV -- authorities there are promising to extradite any Jamaicans to the US for prosecution. The most shocking fact? The government estimates that the Jamaican scammers will pull in $300 million this year!
By the way, the Secret Service has already spoken with the victims in our report -- they're in the process of investigating.
Here's the full statement from Green Dot:
“We urge consumers to protect their MoneyPak number just as they would cash and to never give the number to someone else. We remind customers to only use MoneyPak with approved partners and companies they know and trust and not to give out the number to individuals claiming to be with a lottery or asking for money in any way. Never give the number to a private individual or to pay for items purchased online or from classified ads. Please report fraudulent MoneyPak activity to Green Dot by calling 1-800-GREENDOT (800-473-3636) so we can continue working with law enforcement to end these abuses.”