In western Jamaica, police arrest 41 people suspected of involvement in lottery scam rings

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Police in Jamaica say they have detained more than three dozen people as suspected lottery scammers.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force said Wednesday that a two-day operation this week by police and soldiers netted 41 suspects in western Jamaica.

The suspects' identities were not immediately released. Cars and laptops were among the items seized.

Jamaica's lottery scam often begins with a phone call that informs a target in another country that they have won an international sweepstakes, but they first need to wire money to cover taxes. People who fall for the trick and send payments then get harassed for more money by aggressive swindlers who bombard them with calls.

Victims of the cross-border telemarketing fraud are often elderly Americans who get cheated out of their retirement savings.