Warning issued after lottery scam

A warning has been issued after two people have been the victims of a lottery fraud in Leicester.

The most recent incident took place on Thursday 18 May around 2.45pm, when the victim was approached by two men as he stood at a bus stop in Goodwood Road, Leicester, near to the junction with Coleman Road.

The men claimed they had won the lottery but as they didn’t have valid identification they weren’t able to claim the money. The suspects drove the victim to his house and then on to a bank in Uppingham Road, where he withdrew a substantial amount of cash.

The cash was handed over to the suspects. They also used the victim’s mobile ‘phone during the incident and never returned it.

The suspects were both Asian. One of them has been described as having a dark complexion, about 5ft 3ins tall, of medium build and aged 45 to 50 years-old. He was wearing a hat and carrying a metal walking stick. He spoke English but not fluently, with an Asian accent.

The second suspect claimed he was a doctor. He was 35 to 40 years-old and slightly shorter than the first suspect, with short dark hair. He wore a long dark coat, dark trousers and had an ID card and stethoscope around his neck.

We’re also linking a similar incident, which took place on Tuesday 16 May at 6.18pm, with this fraud. A 67-year-old man was approached in Dulverton Road, Leicester, by a woman who claimed she had won the lottery.

The woman was joined by another man, who persuaded the victim to give them cash in return for the lottery ticket.

The force issued a warning about similar crimes last year and urged people to remain vigilant. The suspects do seem to be targeting elderly Asian men and women and we would ask that you make your elderly relatives or neighbours aware of this scam.

If you have any information about these incidents or if you’ve been approached in similar circumstances then we’d like to speak to you.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 4257 Balvinder Mahal on 101, quoting crime number 17*212400.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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