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Police hunt for 20-year-old lottery scammer

JAMAICAN POLICE are on the hunt for a 20-year-old man they believe is involved in a multi-million dollar lottery scam.

The Area One police team yesterday swooped down on the suspect’s two-storey home in Norwood, Montego Bay and seized a number of items including $1.8 million in cash, a car and flat-screen television sets.

Two men who were found in a room at the house were arrested.

A woman, believed to be the suspect’s girlfriend, and his father were also arrested.

Head of the Lottery Scam Task Force Superintendent, Leon Clunis, said the 20-year-old appeared on the police’s radar after he amassed a significant amount of wealth.

Jamaican lottery scammers have been blamed for fleecing billions of dollars from unsuspecting persons in the United States.

Clunis is making a strong appeal for the suspect and his mother to turn themselves in.

Speaking at a press conference today, State Minister in the Technology Ministry, Julian Robinson, said the Government is moving to introduce tougher legislation to tackle the infamous lottery scam.

According to Robinson, approximately 30 thousand calls are made each day to the United States by Jamaican criminals attempting to defraud people.

He says it is estimated that Jamaican criminals earn approximately US$300 million annually from the lottery scam.

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