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Las Vegas police seek two in lottery scam

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Posted at 5:26 PM, Mar 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 17:46:03-05

Las Vegas police are seeking two people wanted in a lottery ticket scam.

During the month of February, two people have been identified by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Financial Crimes detectives as being victims of a fraud after being approached by a suspect who claimed to have a winning lottery ticket and needed legal assistance to cash it. The victims in these instances were Hispanic females over the age of 50, who were approached by two suspects. 

The male and female team are described as Hispanics between the ages of 35 and 45 years old driving a black 4-door sedan. The female would approach the victim speaking in Spanish and claiming she had a winning lottery ticket but was unable to cash it due to her legal status in the country. The male suspect would then approach them and offer a solution by directing them where to go. The victim would then be directed into the male suspect’s car, with the female suspect getting in with them to make the victim feel more comfortable. 

Once inside the black 4-door sedan, the scammers would call an individual who verifies the lottery ticket is real and can be cashed for a million dollars. The person on the phone also provides legal assistance and requests a certain amount of money to assist in claiming the prize money. 
The scammers then drive the victim to withdraw money from an ATM or bank in the area. Upon receiving the money, the victim is then asked to go inside a business or a residence to get the items that will complete the business deal while the scammers leave the area. 

Detectives continue to investigate this crime and would like to speak with anyone who has knowledge of the identity or whereabouts of the scammers. 

Video of the two wanted in the lottery scam can be viewed below. 

Anyone with any information about this case, has been a victim, has video, photos of the suspects or their vehicle is urged to contact the LVMPD Theft Crimes Bureau Financial Crimes section at 702-828-3483. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555.

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