Better Business Bureau warning of phone scam

CNJ staff

The Better Business Bureau in Albuquerque is warning of a phone scam in which callers from Jamaica tell people they have won a prize and need to pay fees to claim it.

According to a release from the bureau, the caller identification systems show an 876 area code and the callers have Jamaican speech patterns. The callers also tell people that someone will come by their houses to pick up the required fees.

Legitimate sweepstakes don’t require a fee to claim a prize, according to the release.

To report a scam asking for money to claim a prize: Better Business Bureau of the Southwest at 505-346-0110 or www.bbbsw.org

To report phone scams: Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357 or www.ftc.gov.