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Scam in Jamaica

Posted by The New N Used Link Team on Friday, March 1, 2013 Under: Jamaica

 Scamming has been going on for years in Jamaica and this has caused great effects on the country's name and the individuals living here. It is said that legislation to prosecute persons involved in the illegal lottery scam will be passed by the end of March 2013. The Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act, 2012, was tabled in the House of Representatives on February 26 by Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting. 

This targets advanced fee fraud, and makes the possession of paraphernalia involved in scamming an offense. It targets identity theft and the dishonest use of access devices, a defined term taken from the US Criminal Code, which covers present and future technologies for accessing financial accounts. The legislation would also prohibit the use of threats and intimidation over the telephone, or intent to coerce victims to part with funds; and make it an offence to own or control premises from which scamming is conducted. Although the Government is determined to eliminate lottery scamming in Jamaica, there are gaps in the current laws, which make it almost impossible to convict lotto scammers.

Persons living abroad who have fallen victim to scamming will also be allowed testimony in a Jamaican court via video link, which will allow victims who are often unwilling or unable to travel to Jamaica to give evidence in the criminal trial of scammers, can give their testimony from their home jurisdiction.

In : Jamaica 



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