Fairpoint and Law Enforcement Team Up to Fight Scammers

Updated 2 years ago

Law enforcement is warning seniors of a phone scam that’s cheated its victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.Fairpoint Communications teamed up with the York County Sheriff’s Office to get the word out.They say the scam targets the elderly and tells them they won they Jamaican lottery.The number comes from the Jamaican 876 area code.Victims are directed to send a fee of up to $4,000 to process the winnings.Scammers have targeted elderly victims in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.According to Maj. William King of the York County Sheriff’s Office, “They’re professionals. They know how to overcome your objections and they build rapport. We’ve had scammers frequent elderly victims, we’ve had them ask about their family and they almost become friends to the elderly person.”The scammers also tell the victims to keep it a secret from friends and family to make it a big surprise.To help educate people, and stop the scam, Fairpoint and the sheriff’s office have launched a website, bewareof876.com.


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