newsroom 2007 archives october 2007
 
NEWS ARCHIVES
 
HOME
 
CRIME MAPPING
 
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION
 
E-POLICING
 
JOIN THE TEAM
 
LAPD BLOG
 
LAPD EQUIPMENT
 
LAPD SPORTS
 
LAPD TV
 
NEWSROOM
 
OUR COMMUNITIES
 
POLICE COMMISSION
 
REPORT A CRIME
 
SOLVE A CRIME
 
SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL POLICING
 
SUPPORT LAPD
 
TRAFFIC
 
INSIDE THE LAPD

 
 
 
GET INFORMED
 
Alarm School
 
Contact Us
 
Crime Mapping and COMPSTAT
 
Crime Prevention
 
Domestic Violence
 
FAQs
 
For Your Family
 
Gang Injunctions
 
I Want to Know
 
LAPD General Fund Contracts
 
LAPD Adult Missing Persons Unit
 
Most Wanted
 
Read the Beat Magazine
 
Social Media
 
Sworn and Civilian Report
 
Trademark
 
Year in Review
 
Youth Programs

 

Disclaimer:
The LAPDonline.org® website has made reasonable efforts to provide an accurate translation. However, no automated or computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace human or traditional translation methods. The official text is the English version of the LAPDonline.org® website. If any questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information presented by the translated version of the website, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.

 

News Release
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Media Relations
   
   
Latin Lotto Scams

Los Angeles: Wilmington and the surrounding Harbor Areas are experiencing a high number of crimes involving lotto scams.

The suspects approach the victims and claim they have a winning Lotto ticket in their possession. During their encounter, one of the suspects calls an unknown person on speakerphone and asks the person on the other line if they have the winning ticket. The person on the other line verifies that the suspects are indeed winners and tells them they need to be legal residents in order to claim their money. The suspects ask the victims to help them cash the Lotto ticket stating they cannot do it themselves, because they are in the country illegally.

The victims agree to help and provide the suspects with good faith money, which they obtain by going to their banks, or in some instances by going to their homes. After the suspects have obtained the good faith money, they ask the victims to run an errand for them. When the victims exit the suspects’ vehicle, the suspects drive away with the victims’ money.

There have been four reported crimes this month and all of the victims have been Spanish-speaking elders.

The suspects vary in gender and age, but they are always Spanish speakers. The suspects have been known to work in pairs of males or male and female. The amount of money asked by the suspects has varied from one thousand dollars and up to ten thousand dollars.

In one occasion, the suspects were seen driving a newer model, gray four-door Toyota. The suspects have also been seen driving in a tan sports utility vehicle and a light-colored Plymouth Voyager minivan.

Anyone with information regarding any of these crimes, or believe to be a victim of a lotto scam, call Harbor Area Burglary Detective Wusbaldo Batres, at 310-522-2028. On weekends or during off-hours call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).



     
 Follow @LAPDHQ  LAPD on Facebook
 Follow @lapolicefdtn
 
contact us  /  terms & conditions  /  los angeles police foundation
 
+ Powered By Radar Blue | © 2014 City of Los Angeles
 
Los Angeles Police Foundation Los Angeles Police Foundation