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BrentPolice are warning people to be extra vigilant after police have received a number of reports of a lottery scam. The scam works by the first suspect approaching the victim who is elderly and of Asian origin and informs the victim that he is an illegal immigrant or foreign national who has a winning lottery ticket but cannot claim his money. The second suspect joins them and offers to withdraw money to give to first suspect for his lottery ticket. The two suspects and the victim then drive off in suspect’s car where the second suspect will pretend to enter a bank and come back with envelope containing money. This convinces the victim to do likewise and the victim then provides the suspects with money and sometimes other possessions (phone/jewellery) believing these to be in return for his slice of lottery winnings. Once the money is handed over one of suspects will suddenly fall ill and victim will be asked to go into chemist to get tablets. When the victim returns from the chemist the suspects have left the scene.
The suspects are described as smartly dressed men wearing suits. One carries a metal stick. One suspect is Nepalese and the other Indian, around 30-40yrs old.
DC Paul Hainsworth from Brent Fraud Unit said: “We would urge members of the public to be extra vigilant. If you see anything suspicious or have been approached by anyone of similar circumstances then contact your local Police via 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111. If the criminals are nearby ring the Police immediately on 999.
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