A US senator has said Lottery telephone scams coming out of Jamaica targeting American elderly people, has seen criminals earn more than $1 million.
FairPoint, the telephone company in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, says elderly residents across the region have been cheated out of lump sums of money by con artists, who told them they've won a Lottery or a car but need to make payments in order to cash in.
Susan Collins, who is serving her third term as US senator representing the state of Maine, said that she can't think of a telephone scam that's "more cruel, sophisticated and more persistent".
During a news conference Senator Collins said: "Our parents and grandparents worked hard their entire lives and saved for retirement. They should be enjoying their golden years and they should not be being targeted by criminals who want to rob them of their hard-earned savings and investments."
It has been reported that as many as 30,000 calls are targeted to senior citizens in the United States everyday.