BEWARE: Scams from Area Code 876

Union Leader - Western Union closes Jamaican station

Western Union closes Jamaican station


Western Union has temporarily closed money transfer stations in St. James parish, Jamaica, including the resort area of Montego Bay, in an effort to thwart international phone scamming operations, according to press reports.

FairPoint Communications, the New Hampshire Attorney Genera’s Consumer Protection Bureau, AARP New Hampshire and law enforcement organized a presentation last month to make people aware of telephone scams originating from the Jamaican 876 area code almost exclusively targeting seniors, including a 76-year-old N.H. man who was defrauded $85,000.

FairPoint, in a news release applauding the decision, cited an Associated Press report that said Western Union is temporarily shutting down its services in a northern Jamaican parish and that the company is conducting an internal systems review of its security measures at the locations in the Montego Bay region.

“As we have been working with local, state and federal officials to shed light on this issue for several months, we applaud Western Union for taking these proactive steps to combat this very serious problem,” said Mike Smith, Vermont state president of FairPoint Communications.

BEWARE: Scams from Area Code 876

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