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Feb 4, 2013 11:40 PM by Erin Steuber

Jamaican Phone Scam Leaves Threatening Messages

A Crowley woman's phone hasn't stopped ringing lately. The calls coming from Jamaica, telling her she'd won more than $2 million. She told them she wasn't interested, but things took an alarming turn. A warning, some might find the phone calls disturbing.

Voicemail #1: "Hi Kayla, I just want to know what's the problem?"

Those were the messages at first.

Voicemail #3: "If you're not going to pick up the phone, I'm going to send two guys over to your (expletive) home and kick your (expletive) and rape you and kill you, you (expletive). You think this is a joke?"

That's how bad it got.

Kayla Chaillot first started getting calls from the "876" number two weeks ago. The Jamaican on the other end telling her she won more than $2 million.

"Ya it seems too good to be true, it just doesn't sound real," said Chaillot. "But I still went along with it because, I was kinda thinking in the back of my mind, maybe it's true you know?"

But that shock, quickly turned to suspicion. The man asking her for personal information, even to pay money up front to collect "her prize."

"I immediately told him I wasn't interested, but after that it was too late," said Chaillot.

He continued calling, over 40 times.

Voicemail #2: "We're not trying to take money from you. We're trying to give you the money you have won. I understand that you're skeptical, and afraid. So please pick up your phone. I'm going to call you back relentless until you pick up the phone."

Chaillot immediately called police.

"Every little noise I hear, I was just so sure that it was somebody coming up the back of the house or something," said Chaillot. "I just don't know how long its gonna take. It's not everyday someone threatens your life."

Police really can't do anything in these cases, because the calls are originating in Jamaica. Remember watch out for the "876" area code, where most of these calls are coming from.

The scam itself is nothing new. The Better Business Bureau of Acadiana started getting complaints back in December. Their advice? Never give out your personal information, and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

 

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