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CAMARILLO : Officials Warn of Lottery Ticket Scam

Officials from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department are warning residents, particularly members of the Latino community, to beware of con artists who used a lottery ticket scheme to scam a 72-year-old woman out of more than $13,000 two days before Christmas

The woman had been shopping at a Lucky supermarket in Camarillo when she was approached by a man who claimed to have a winning lottery ticket worth $84,000, said Sgt. Keith Lazz.

The man said he couldn’t cash the ticket because he was an illegal immigrant, Lazz said, but offered the woman $5,000 if she cashed the ticket for him.

Using a partner who pretended to be a stranger willing to put up $16,000, Lazz said, the man was able to persuade the woman to withdraw more than $13,000 from her savings account. The two men stole the money after persuading the woman to leave the money with them.

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Lazz said the scam has been pulled before in Ventura County, mostly victimizing Spanish-speaking residents.


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