A caller apparently called the victim and identified himself as a merchant banker for First Caribbean Bank. He told the victim he had won a Publisher Clearinghouse-type sweepstakes, according to police commander Thomas Uretsky.
The solicitor advised the victim to send $2,900 to an address in Texas to pay for the excise taxes on the winnings.
victims are asked to call a phone number with a three-digit area code to collect a prize and the victim assumes they are making a domestic long-distance call. But when making the call, they are connected to a number outside the United States and are charged international call rates.
Uh huh. Send $2900 and call an overseas toll number. Don’t ever believe anyone saying you will win money if you send them yours . . .