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Warrants: Lottery Scammers Dupe Woman, 76

She thought she was paying taxes on a lottery win. However, the payments went into the personal bank account of one of the suspects.

Two men, through a series of phone conversations and mailings, convinced a 76-year-old woman to cough up more than $40,000 in so-called tax payments if she wanted to secure the money from a lottery win, according to Cobb County warrants.

In actuality, the woman was no lottery winner, records show. And the $40,750 that she sent the men went into the Chase bank account of an alleged scammer, Damien Jervon Reed of Powder Springs.

Authorities allege in documents that Reed made two deposits last summer at a Chase location near Town Center at Cobb, one for $7,000 on June 27 and another for $33,750 on July 11.

Reed and Jerome Abemelu Afebuame, also of Powder Springs, were arrested Feb. 27. Authorities accuse the men of working in concert to dupe the woman. They face various charges, including two counts of theft by deception and exploitation of an elderly person.

While Reed has been released, Afebuame remains in custody in lieu of $25,000 bond. He faces an additional theft by deception charge in connection with an unrelated case.

According to a warrant, a man thought he was paying rent on a New York property when he wired $10,380 from his PNC Bank account to the Fifth Third Bank account of Jey & Zion LLC on Feb. 12.

Afebuame, records show, is the sole proprietor of Jey & Zion LLC.

Pam J March 14, 2013 at 03:21 AM
I fail to understand how people can be taken like this. My mother is 82 years old and tells people when they call asking for money for charities that she does not give her information out over the phone. While I blame the scammers for doing these things, people have to take accountability for their actions too when they fall for them. Obviously some people did not gain wisdow when they got older.
Sarah Cool March 15, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Way to judge Pam. How do we know that this 76 yr old woman didn't have Alzheimer's , dementia, depression, and or just wanted to believe that something good had happened to her. Yes, she trusted the wrong people. But certainly you cannot be suggesting that she is culpable in any manner.
Katie Estes March 21, 2013 at 03:00 AM
The statements made in this article are false, Damien is my husband, and he is a victim of Jerome too, he was scammed and lied to. He was not arrested for this crime as it states, the mug shot they have is for a traffic violation. Yes, there is an investigation going on but we are praying the truth will come out and justice will be served. But to those who are deserving, and Damien is not one of them, he is a victim in this too. So please pass this on instead of the lie of an article above.
Katie Estes March 21, 2013 at 03:08 AM
The statements made in this article are false, Damien is my husband, and he is a victim of Jerome too, he was scammed and lied to. He was not arrested for this crime as it states, the mug shot they have is for a traffic violation. Yes, there is an investigation going on but we are praying the truth will come out and justice will be served. But to those who are deserving, and Damien is not one of them, he is a victim in this too. So please pass this on instead of the lie of an article above.

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