Doug Shadel

Staggering Stories of Jamaican Lottery Scams

Posted on 03/11/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Savings    UPDATED March 13 with link to view episode | Who falls for something that appears too good to be true, like winning a Jamaican lottery? More people than you think. Advocacy groups, government officials and the media – most recently, venerable newsman Dan Rather – are shining a light on this despicable form of fraud and the devastating consequences on elderly victims and their families. These criminals tend to prey on seniors with fixed incomes – people who can least …

Fighting Foreign Lottery Fraud – and More

Posted on 03/4/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThink no one falls for it? Think again. The news could come in the form of a letter, a phone call, or an e-mail – perhaps from a Jamaican lottery official: Congratulations! You’ve won a huge prize in our lottery! To claim your winnings, all you need to do is pay the taxes on your prize and wire the funds or provide a credit card. The bad news: Scammers are getting better at targeting the people who actually will believe …