GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Jamaican national was arrested in Gulfport Monday for his role in an alleged Jamaican lottery scam. Damion Aljunior Hill, 33, is in America on a work visa, but now faces two counts of wire fraud.
Investigators with the Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division said the two alleged victims were told that they had won the lottery, but were required to pay taxes before the award could be made. Monies were then wired to Jamaica. The victims said they received numerous calls on a daily basis, promising big cash prizes, jewelry and cars, but never received anything.
"These types of scams almost always cross national borders," said Attorney General Jim Hood. "Typically, the defendant is overseas too which usually makes these cases difficult to prosecute."
Hill was booked into the Harrison County Detention Center, and bond was set at $125,000 on each count.
Attorney General Hood has some advice for anyone who receives a call or email like this: Ignore it. If you have not entered into a lottery or sweepstakes, then it is likely you have not won one. If you've won, you don't have to pay to get your prize.
He said scammers will often try to get you to wire money, because that's the same as sending cash. Be wary when someone tries to rush you to wire money or overnight a check or money order.
Also, remember that phone numbers can deceive. If you do not wish to receive solicitation calls, be sure you are registered on the National Do Not Call Registry (888-382-1222) and the MS Do Not Call Registry (866-622-5567).