Tallahassee, FL - Florida seniors are the target of an even more aggressive lottery scam.
The fraudsters are calling from an 876 Jamaican area code. They ask seniors for a fee to collect huge lottery winnings, then escalate to threats and sometimes show up at their front door.
"Then they're calling and posing as law enforcement, saying 'We want you to help up go get the bad guys. We need you to pay a fee.' And they scam them again," says Senator Bill Nelson.
A 78-year-old South Florida woman lost $370,000 to "advance fee fraud," thinking it was an upfront payment for lottery winnings. Tony Gomez with the U.S. Postal Inspection office says what's new about this scam, is how relentless the crooks are.
"It's a carpet bombing approach," said Gomez. "They'll send e-mails, they'll send telephone calls, they'll send letters."
According to the Federal Trade Commission, America is losing $1-billion annually to these kinds of scams. Nelson has scheduled a congressional hearing for this on Wednesday to investigate the impact of the scam.