Sheriff Tim Walburg has received several reports of Lake County residents receiving phone calls attempting to draw them into lottery scams.
Several different persons have called area residents, telling them they have won the lottery. The scam artists have told the residents that they have won prizes of varied amounts ranging from $25,000 to $1 million.
The scammers have called from many different phone numbers, including 876-295-3473 and 415-632-3489. The first phone number originates from Jamaica, and the second phone number has San Francisco-area origins.
The sheriff reports that all of the phone calls are related to Jamaican lottery scams. However, sometimes the phone numbers are routed through phone numbers in the United States to convince residents to answer the phone and make them believe they have won the lottery.
During the phone call, the resident who has supposedly won the lottery is told someone will visit their house with a large check. However, to receive the check the resident will need to pay a fee to obtain the winnings.
The con artists will try to have the resident pay a fee that varies from $500 to $4,000. On the phone, the fake lottery representative has said that the fee will be paid when the lottery officials arrive at their house or residents can mail the fee or send the money in different ways.
Walburg warns everyone that if somebody tells you that you have won a large prize in a lottery but you have to send money to get the prize money, ignore the request. In addition, they have also lied when they promise that someone will visit a home to deliver the winning lottery prize.
If any residents have received phone calls and have concerns about what was said, please call the Lake County Sheriff's Office at 256-7615 or your local law enforcement agency.