Danville Police Arrest Man in Connection to Jamaican Lottery Scam

Harold Donald, 42, is suspected of contacting a Danville resident by phone and telling them they had won the Jamacian Lottery. He was arrested on Tuesday.

A 42-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested Tuesday in connection to a lottery scam perpetrated on a Danville resident, according to the Danville Police Department.

Harold Donald is suspected of contacting a Danville resident by phone and telling them they had won the Jamacian Lottery, but in order to claim their winnings they would have to pay taxes and fees upfront.

After paying a significant amount to the suspect, the victim became suspicious and contacted Danville Police.

The investigation led Danville detectives to Los Angeles, and in cooperation with the LAPD, a search warrant was served and Donald was arrested on suspicion of theft under false pretenses. More charges may be filed pending additional investigation.

Chief Simpkins said the arrest was a demonstration of top-level police work by the Investigations Unit.

“I’m extremely proud of our detectives in this arrest,” stated Simpkins. “They found the leads, followed them and took down the bad guy.”

Simpkins added, “This just reinforces the message we want the bad guys to get, don’t come to Danville.”

Danville Police warn residents to be on the lookout for scams similar to this one. If approached in this regard, residents are encouraged to contact the police immediately.

-- Information provided by the Town of Danville.


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MissA August 11, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Well, the bad guy in this case didn't really "come to Danville"... They just called about 1,000 random people and got an unsuspecting, probably elderly, victim who happens to live here. These Lottery type scams have been in the news for years. It's incredible that anyone would buy into this scheme.
CheerMom August 11, 2012 at 06:01 PM
The bad guy really did "come to Danville". He drove up here to try and visit the victim at his residence and get more money from him. Luckily that didn't happen. Thanks to Danville PD for working so hard on this case!
MissA August 11, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Then the article is poorly written and you have personal kmowledge as it doesn't say that anywhere


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