BEWARE: Scams from Area Code 876

“It all started with a phone call claiming he won the lottery and a car – he just needed to pay a transfer fee to collect the winnings,” said Kim Nichols, whose father lives in Ossipee, and sent more than $85,000 to the scammers. “Over the next few months scammers preyed on his emotions and gained his trust, coercing him into providing personal information and sending large sums of money. They stopped at nothing to get money and regularly claimed they were FBI, Custom’s and IRS agents.”
 
Nichols continued, “My father continually sent money for months, until one day I approached him about a news story about scams – and he immediately got quiet. Fortunately, FairPoint was there to support us each step of the way – and went as far as to stage an intervention with our family. The scam has ended but the financial, physical and emotional damage still remains. One of the most important things we can all do – families, senior organizations, state, local and federal authorities – is to work together to shed light on this scam out of Jamaica and others like it.”

BEWARE: Scams from Area Code 876

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