Police warn of telephone scam from Jamaica 06-30-03

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
SOUTH HILO PATROL DIVISION
OFFICER IAN B. LEE LOY
PHONE: 961-2311
JUNE 20, 2003

MEDIA RELEASE

Police are warning residents about another phone scam, this one notifying residents they have won a lottery in Jamaica.

Before the “winner” can collect his winnings, he must send money via Western Union or Wells Fargo to an address in Jamaica. Police checked and found the address has nothing to do with a lottery.

Police advise victims of telephone scams to call the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

In addition, if there is a question of whether there is a scam or not, residents are advised to call the local Office of Consumer Protection at 933-0910, the toll free number at the Better Business Bureau in Honolulu at 1 (877) 222-6551 or the toll free number of the Federal Trade Commission at 1 (877) 382-4357.

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