Richland police are issuing a warning to residents to help prevent them from becoming victims of an overseas lottery scam.
They provided two simple reminders: To win a lottery you first must enter one, and a true lottery winner never will have to provide their bank account information or pay money to collect the prize.
Capt. Jeff Taylor said officers took two recent reports from citizens who said they had received suspicious telephone calls from a man with a Jamaican accent saying he was from "Global Winner's International" or "Winnings International."
The residents said the man told them they had won $1 million and a $500 gift card. Their caller ID showed the call was coming from Kingston, Jamaica.
The scammer assured the citizens that he is legit and offered to have his supervisor call back, Taylor said. A "supervisor" then called to confirm the information.
The scammers try to tell the "winners" that all they need to do to get their winnings is to send a money order or provide their bank account number.
Luckily, neither citizen fell victim to the scam, Taylor said.
Tri-City police agencies repeatedly have warned residents about similar scams. The lottery or other "winnings" might be different, but the tactic is the same, with scammers trying to get bank account information or have people send or cash fake money orders.