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Montana Woman Warns of Jamaican Lotto Scam

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Leslie, a Montana resident, recalls one night her husband's phone wouldn't stop ringing. Frustrated, she finally answered. It was a scam based out of Jamaica.

"I said do not call here again. He said give us some money and you can get millions from the Jamaican lotto. I said you don't get it. You are scam artists. Don't call here again," says Leslie.

The calls didn't stop.

"Its kinda scary how they knew my husband's name and called and said is Jack there. Its scary how they instantly know you like that."

According to the state Office of Consumer Protections, this type of scam call is common in Montana.

"We get notified of at least one of those foreign lotto scams every single day. Those are pretty common," says Matt Hale of the Consumer Protections Office.

Hale adds that the scammers easily find out personal information because there is way more on the Internet than we could imagine.

"There are all kinds of public registries where a person could get that information like your spouses name or that kind of thing."

Leslie had to get her husband's phone number changed to make the calls stop. Hale says sometimes the laws can't do enough to protect citizens.

"Its true in some cases that when you are dealing with people who are out to harm others. They aren't going to pay attention to those legal constraints."

If anyone is being harassed by scam calls, report it to the Office of Consumer Protection and contact local police. More information can also be found at the Montana Department of Justice website.

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