The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a lottery Fraud scheme and is requesting assistance locating two suspects.
It is reported that:
- on Thursday, September 29, 2016, a 54-year-old man was shopping in the Lawrence Avenue East/Markham Road area
- he noticed a woman crying, asking for help, and approached her
- the woman stated she had a winning $2 million lottery ticket, but could not claim the prize as she was an illegal immigrant
- at this same time, a second man, believed to be the woman’s accomplice, approached, offering assistance, pretending not to know her
- the woman told the men that she would split the winnings and showed them a fraudulent ticket
- both men attended a lottery kiosk to print off the winning numbers, which matched the numbers on the fraudulent ticket
- when the woman told the men that she wanted $10,000 up front, the men attended a bank and the 54-year-old man handed over his money to the woman
- the other man stated he was going to photocopy the winning ticket and left
- meanwhile, the woman feigned ill and asked the 54-year-old man to buy her medication to settle her stomach
- when the 54-year-old man returned, both the woman and the other man were gone
Security camera images of the woman and her accomplice are now available.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.