A Danville man lost thousands after being lured into a couple's lottery scam on Thursday, police said.
The victim was approached by a couple in a shopping mall parking lot about 1:30 p.m., when the woman claimed to have a winning lottery ticket, Detective Anthony Perry said. The woman claimed her and her husband were illegal immigrants and needed the victim's help in claiming their winnings, and offered him a portion of the lottery winnings in exchange for their help.
After agreeing to the exchange, the victim went with the suspects to several banks in San Ramon and Danville, then withdrew money and gave it to the suspects, Perry said. The pair quickly walked away from the victim and never returned.
The victim described the suspects as a Hispanic couple in their 60s. The man was about 5 feet 3 inches tall with gray hair, wearing tan pants. The female was about 5 feet tall with black hair, and was wearing a green or yellow hat.
Residents are warned to watch out for variants of this scam, including the "advanced fee lottery scam" and the "overseas bail scam".
In the lottery scam, a victim is informed that they have won another country's lottery but must pay fees and taxes before the cash can be released. In the bail scam, a victim is informed that a relative or loved one has been arrested and needs to have funds sent to them to get out of jail.
"These are situations where if it seems too good to be true, it most likely is,"
Anyone with information regarding this case may contact Detective Anthony Perry at 925-314-3710.
Contact Erin Ivie at 925-847-2122. Follow her at Twitter.com/erin_ivie.