Jamaican arrested in US for lotto scamming

Monday, August 21, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A Jamaican has been arrested and charged for lottery scamming in the United States.

Thirty-one-year-old Vivian Andrew Walters was arrested last Thursday on charges of organised fraud after an investigation by the Lynn Haven Police Department in Florida and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

US media reported that during the scam, unsuspecting victims were told they had won a fictitious lottery or sweepstakes but then told their “winnings” could only be released after they paid taxes or other fees.

It was also stated that Walters was born in and still has ties to Jamaica, which is a known hotspot for such fraudulent activity.

Walters is in jail awaiting his first appearance.

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