Man busted for operating Jamaican lottery scam out of Panama City Beach home

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL – Bay County deputies have arrested a man operating a Jamaican lottery scam.  According to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, the arrest of a Panama City Beach man involved a Jamaican Lottery scam and the recovery of $10,000 in US currency for one of his victims.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office received a call on February 8, 2021, from a deputy in Logan County, Kentucky. This deputy stated a man in his area was concerned he had been scammed and had filed a report with the Logan County Sheriff’s Office. The man had sent $10,000 in cash to an address in Bay County to pay “taxes” and receive his Jamaican Lottery winnings.

The BCSO Criminal Investigations Division Fraud Unit conducted an operation that resulted in the arrest of Garinton Moore, age 50, of Patronis Drive, Panama City Beach, on a charge of Principal to Fraud. The Kentucky victim’s $10,000 was recovered and will be returned to him.

Anyone receiving notification they have won a lottery they never entered, especially a foreign lottery, is advised to remain skeptical and never send money to receive cash winnings. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


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