Losing Money with a Winning Lottery Ticket

Richmond

2017-10-25 11:09 PDT

File # 2017-31619

The Richmond RCMP is releasing photographs of suspects believed to be involved in a lottery ticket fraud scheme. It is our hope these photos will assist us in the identification of these individuals and help prevent any further victimization of residents in our community.

On September 26, 2017, Richmond RCMP responded to a fraud in the area of Richmond Centre. The victim was allegedly approached by a male suspect, who stated he needed help in claiming the winnings from a lottery ticket. The suspect alleged that he could not claim the winnings as he was purportedly an illegal immigrant. The suspect showed the victim a fake lottery ticket which depicted the winning lottery numbers for a previous draw and offered to sell the ticket to the victim. A second male suspect then approached, pretended not to know the first suspect, and offered to help. The two suspects then allegedly convinced the victim to purchase the fake lottery ticket and assisted the victim to withdraw money from the bank to complete the sale.

The first male suspect was described as approximately 50 years old, with short white hair and spoke English poorly. The second male suspect was described as approximately 50 years old, with short black hair and spoke English well. The two suspects are believed to be associated to a woman. All three suspects are depicted in the attached photo.

3 Suspects

"The Richmond RCMP appreciates any information the public can provide about these suspects. We feel the suspects may have committed similar frauds in the past," says Corporal Marco Sallinen of the Richmond RCMP Economic Crimes Unit. "Please be cautious if anyone ever attempts to offer or sell you something of great value for a seemingly incredible deal. When possible have the item independently examined or tested, and consider involving legal counsel to complete the transaction."

If you have been the victim of a crime committed by these suspects, or can provide information to assist this investigation, please contact Corporal Marco Sallinen at Richmond RCMP 604-278-1212. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Released by

Cst. Jon Francis

Media Relations Officer
Richmond RCMP Detachment
11411 No. 5 Road, Richmond, British Columbia V7A 4E8
Office: 604-207-4832
Cell: 604-961-5472
Fax: 604-207-4710

Email: jonathan.francis@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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