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Lottery Scam Alert

Elderly Broward Residents
Targeted In “Latin Lottery Scheme”

The Broward Sheriff's Office is investigating several cases of fraud that have scammed elderly people out of cash and valuables.

Incidents frequently appear to occur in the south end of the county, near Pembroke Park. Often, the victims and suspects are Hispanic.

Typically, the scam artist will approach an intended victim, explain that they hold a winning lottery ticket, but are unable to cash the ticket because they are in the U.S. illegally or have no valid I-D.

The suspect offers to sell the bogus ticket to the victim for considerably less than it’s “value” and, along with a partner, drive the victim to the bank to get money for the purchase.

By the time the victim realizes they’ve been sold a worthless lottery ticket, the scammers are long gone.

This type of fraud is frequently perpetrated in south Florida between the months of October and May.

The Broward Sheriff's Office is reminding residents to be suspicious of any offer that “sounds too good to be true” and to call CrimeStoppers at 493-TIPS or law enforcement if they feel they may be a victim or intended victim of any fraudulent activity.

This report by:

Hugh Graf / Media Relations

Posted At: 11/06/2001 02:50 PM

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