A 16-year-old male from the parish of Westmoreland gave intricate details about his life as a lottery scammer since discontinuing formal education.
Anthony Lugg, a news reporter from Television Jamaica (TVJ), got the exclusive details from the male teenager on the telephone, however, his actual name was withheld for security reasons.
The young man shared that the COVID-19 pandemic affected him significantly, as he was not able to attend school and access classes due to internet connectivity. As a consequence, he stated that he was not recommended to do any Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination and later decided to drop out of school in November 2021 and become a lottery scammer.
The teenager mentioned that within the first month of scamming and being considered just a learner, he was able to rack in millions of dollars, which he used to support his family as he is the sole breadwinner. He added that his mother benefits greatly from the proceeds made and supports him in the practice.
The unnamed scammer disclosed that he does not plan to do the criminal activity for the rest of his life, as he does not want his family to suffer a similar fate as the persons he hurt in the process.
Since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing number of school children have been involved in lottery scamming as confirmed by the Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson in a press conference recently.
Under section 3 of the Fraudulent Transaction Act, anyone found guilty of such an offense may be fined or imprisoned for up to 20 years.
Learn more from the video report below.