DANVILLE -- For the second time in a month, Danville police detectives are looking for someone suspected of scamming people out of money by using a fake lottery ticket.
Police have issued an arrest warrant for 59-year-old Alexander Galarraga, who police said approached an unsuspecting person in the parking lot of a business on July 25 and asked for help cashing the ticket. His hometown was not released.
Galarraga and woman, who police did not name, offered a percentage of their "winnings" in exchange for money they said they needed to cash in the fake lottery ticket, police said.
Money in hand, Galarraga and the woman ran in opposite directions. Police Chief Steve Simpkins said this is a common scam known as the "Latin Lottery Scam."
Police do not know Galarraga's whereabouts and are looking to the public for help in finding him.
Last month, officers arrested Harold Dawson, 42, at his Los Angeles home after police said he defrauded a victim in a "Jamaican Lottery" scam.
Similar to e-mail scams where people are asked to send money and personal information, this scheme came over the phone. After being contacted, the victim sent taxes and fees up front to the "Jamaican Lottery" that were said to be a condition of claiming the prize, police said. Police declined to say how much money Dawson got from the victim.
Police are advising the public to be aware of scams and to contact police if they are contacted by people
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Galarraga or information on other scams should call Detective Anthony Perry at 925-314-3710 or email@example.com.