11-14-2011: The following scam is occurring frequently in the Erie area:
The two cell phone numbers are as follows:
876-522-0173(his work cell phone)
876-278-9341(his personal phone, he said)
Both of them had "JM" on the Caller ID screen, which is Jamaica
He said his name was John Scott and he had a thick accent that was definitely Caribbean, and I would know that after a year or so in Puerto Rico in the 60's.
He told me I won a sweepstakes in Las Vegas, which was where he was calling from , he said. And yet, I heard a rooster crow three different times during our conversation. When I asked about it, he said that was his alarm clock, so why did I hear a door slam? Anyway, the sweepstakes was in the amount of $285,000, which he was going to send to me via UPS. He asked if we still lived at xxxx some Rd in Erie County and actually asked for Ron first until I told him I was his wife. Now I will tell you our phone number started with xxx, not 456. So long story short, here was my task. I was to go to a Wal-Mart and get a "Green Dot 14-digit Money Pack Scratch Card"(what in the Hell is that). I was to give the cashier $285, take the receipt back to the house and he would call me. If he did not call in 90 minutes, I was to call him, using the second number. He told me the $285 was 1% of the winnings to offset taxes that Las Vegas was not able to recoup in my favor. But, not to worry, UPS would give me a check in the full amount as it was waiting at the UPS office in Erie County. I say this respectfully, xxxx is too small for a UPS office. They will be lucky if the Post Office stays open. Lastly, I did not have to do the math to know that 1% of $285,000 is $2850. When I never called him back, he called me in about 2 hours and he was not happy because I said I wasn't going to do all of that. I told him what jack Daneri told me to tell him and was to take my share off the top. He got nasty, rude and vulger, so I hung up. He called back several times. I didn't answer and my day moved on.