Background Brief - The Jamaican Lottery Scam

Date Published: 
November, 2012
Document Author(s): 
CaPRI
Thematic Area: 

The hysteria surrounding the impact of the lottery scam on key Jamaican sectors has been fuelled by the media, with for instance Foxnews.com, suggesting the value of the lottery scam to be as much as US$300 million in one year. Though little context is offered in such reports, there is consensus that there has been a significant increase in ICT-based fraud globally as people become more dependent on ICT networks. As a small developing state with a strong ICT infrastructure, Jamaica has been a haven for international investors seeking to cash in. If adequate systems are not put in place to mitigate the impact of this criminal activity, further damage will be done to Jamaica’s economy and international image. Additional resources and expertise have to be gathered in order to understand this phenomenon so as to identify and implement long-term, sustainable solutions.