Lottery scams keep growing in Jamaica

A third of the cases in the St James court are crimes related to lottery scamming.

Jamaica.- It is certainly not the first time that Jamaica suffers from offenses related to lottery scamming. Chief Justice Zalla McCalla announced that a third of the cases in the St James Court are crimes related to the gambling activity, who keeps growing in the country.

“The increase in the number of these cases coming before our courts has placed a tremendous burden on the court system and there is now a large percentage of such cases in the courts of our various parishes,” McCalla said, and commented that over 100 cases remain open in the state.

According to the Chief Justice, the rate of lottery scamming crimes is growing because the criminals are getting better technology and more reach when it comes to frontiers. Earlier this year, the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) and Crime Stop announced that they will work together on preventing and ending illegal gambling services in the country.

“We are taking this approach to ensure that all gambling activities in Jamaica are carried out in a manner which is safe and fair, and that the industry remains free from crime,” said Clovis Metcalfe, Chairman of BGLC.