Spanish-speaking victims are target of lottery scam
The three suspects have approached Spanish speakers in Harbor City, Wilmington and San Pedro with the claim they have a winning California lottery ticket.
The problem, the con artists explain, is they cannot cash the ticket in themselves because they are undocumented.
They offer to share the winnings, as long as the victims redeem the tickets on their behalf and leave behind something of value, commonly cash or jewelry.
Police believe the ruse started in January, striking most recently last week.
All three suspects are believed to be Latino -- a man and a woman in their 20s and another man in his 40s.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (310) 726-7900 or anonymously at (800) 222-8477.
-- Robert Faturechi
Images: Composite sketches of two of the three suspects in the Lotto scam. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department