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Lottery Scam Suspects

Suspect #1

The San Jose Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating two suspects involved in a Lottery Scam.

On September 12, 2012, at approximately 1630 hrs, an elderly female was swindled out of her lifesavings in a Lottery Scam. The victim was walking in the vicinity of 24th St/San Antonio when she was approached by a Hispanic Male Adult (S-1) who asked her for directions to a business. As the dialogue continued, a second suspect (S-2) seemed to overhear the conversation and told the victim that he was familiar with the business. (S-2) asked the victim to help (S-1). (S-2) had a dark gray mini-van parked adjacent to where they were standing and (S-1) grabbed the victim by her shoulders and pushed her towards the van. (S-2) later pulled out what looked to be a lottery ticket from his wallet. (S-2) said it was worth a large amount of money. (S-2) called the California Lottery Commission over speaker phone. The victim heard a female on the phone explaining to (S2) that in order to cash the ticket; the Lottery Commission needed some collateral and also needed an individual who was a U.S. citizen. The victim believed what she heard and gave (S-2) a large amount of money. The victim was later dropped off in the area of S. King Rd/Virginia Ave. Both suspects drove away from the area.

Anyone with information regarding this theft is urged to contact Detective Mendoza #3547 in the San Jose Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (408)277-4166 or via email at 3547@sanjoseca.gov. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call Silicon Valley Crimestoppers at (408)947-STOP (7867) or may visit http://svcrimestoppers.org/ and may be eligible for a reward.