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Suffolk police warn public about lottery scam

Suffolk police warned the public Tuesday about a lottery scam that targets Hispanic women.

Suspects, who are also Hispanic and usually work in pairs, approach a victim, saying they are lottery winners but need help claiming their winnings due to their immigration status, police said.

The suspects offer to split the prize money if the victim picks up the money in their own name. When the victim agrees, the suspects asks for collateral, such as money or jewelry, and will even drive the victim home to get the valuables. The suspects then flee with the items, police said.

Investigators ask anyone who believes they were scam victims to call police via 911 and anyone with information on the suspects to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. Tipsters can receive a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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