Suspects in foreign lottery crimes are trying a new way to pressure victims

Jamaica is known for beautiful beaches and tropical weather, but the island is also home base for a foreign lottery involving suspects who are now threatening their victims.

"The individuals who are actually perpetrating these schemes are incredibly violent and extremely aggressive," said U.S. Postal Inspector Antonio Gomez.

Typically, those involved in lottery schemes call their victims, tell them they've won a prize and then try to convince them to pay a tax or fee to collect their winnings.

The Jamaican ringleaders don't stop there.

"If there is any kind of pushback from the victims, they are incredibly aggressive," said Gomez.

With new technology like Google Earth, Suspects can see a satellite photo of their victim's home, then use that information to threaten them.

"I see you live at 1234 Main Street, and I see your red door with the blue bird on it, and if you don't send us the money, we will have someone deal with you personally," Gomez said for an example.

In the meantime, there's a simple fact to keep in mind.

"There is no foreign lottery," said Gomez. "Not out of Jamaica, not out of Costa Rica, not out of Spain, not out of anywhere else."

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