July 16, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
Two Jamaican men are facing up to 20 years in prison after confessing their involvement in an international telemarketing sweepstakes fraud scheme.
The scheme defrauded numerous elderly and vulnerable victims in the United States of more than 9 million US dollars.
According to court documents two men, aged 51 and 54 years, admitted that between July 2008 and September 2016, they worked in call centres in Costa Rica that defrauded victims in the US.
The two men admitted that they concealed their physical location using voice-over IP technology, which enabled them to give victims telephone numbers that, although bearing US area codes, were actually answered at the call centres in Costa Rica.
The US Department of Justice said many victims sent tens of thousands of dollars to both men and their co-conspirators in response to these calls.
During the scheme, they fraudulently obtained more than 9.4 million US dollars from victims, which was used to continue operating the call centres and for the co-conspirators’ personal benefit.