Jamaican Area Codes

How the scam works:

If you are a US citizen, be very careful when you are required to call certain numbers, in order to complete a deal, transaction, or redeem a prize.

As close as these might sound to US area codes, numbers like 809, 876, or 284 are actually the Caribbean. The whole scam is to keep you on the line for a few minutes, while they are collecting their money.

How to avoid:

Always research the Internet for the area codes and the name of the company you are calling.

How to report:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) using the link below:

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matt hill

1 876 463 8720 called and said they were "publishers clearing house" told me i won a million dollars. this is a total scam!!! do not get fooled!!

matt hill

1 876 463 8720 called and said they were "publishers clearing house" told me i won a million dollars. this is a total scam!!! do not get fooled!!

Randy Chumley

I have several people calling me with jamaican area codes and one tells me he works for Bank of america and that I will recieve 11 million dollars when I send 600 dollars to Jamaica.I have asked him several times what the name of the company is and his last name but he changes the subject.
Ive had 3 differnt people call me with 3 different amounts that I have won.

Sandi Mesh

I have received numerous calls sometimes 20 a day from Jamaica stating I have won money from 1) Publisher’s clearing house 2) UPS unclaimed deliveries 3) IRS and using at least 15 different numbers so far. I have contacted fcc.gov and put in complaint but then a different number calls. I can’t believe anyone would believe this scam as they are so unprofessional. I do not answer but keep a list of the number, date and time. I can’t believe that they cannot be stopped!

Judith Widman

My sister was scammed for two years from Jamaica. They ran her phone bill up also. The number was 876-304-6662. Then, they found her again and made over 100 phone calls in a month from this number 419-359-6368. Then put vulnerable seniors under psychological pressure to give away their hard earned money. Now they are threatening her to pay for a lawyer to save her from jail. She has contacted an attorney. It is all a scam. I am calling the FBI tomorrow. This stuff has got to stop. Advise, watch every call you get or your older loved ones.… Read more »

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