The South Lake Tahoe Police Department recently received a report from a resident who received phone calls from people he didn’t know attempting to obtain money.
The scammers called the victim. He told the victim he was stuck in customs and needed help getting out. The suspect convinced the elderly victim to send him a large amount of money. The scammers also called back and tried to convince the victim to give them additional money with an addition scam, saying he won the lottery.
The scammers are calling from a phone number with an 876 area code. That area code comes back to Jamaica. Jamaica has been the source for a variety of international scams. You can learn more here:
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department wants to remind residents never to send or transfer money to people calling you unsolicited. Even if the caller reports to be from a legitimate business, you can always verify this by calling the business’ listed customer service number. Never call back any number provided by the caller.
Additionally, do not to give out any personal information over the phone to anyone calling you unsolicited. That includes your name, birth date, social security number, debit/credit card numbers, or any banking information. Millions of dollars are lost each year nationwide through scams such as these.