SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego police asked for the public's help Wednesday in catching Spanish-speaking con artists who swindle people out of money by offering them a cut of supposed lottery winnings.
The couple, who claim to be from Costa Rica, have taken about $52,000 from at least four victims in recent months, police said. Both were described a light-skinned Hispanics; the man, is his 30s or 40s, is thin, and the woman, believed to be in her mid-30s, is heavyset.
The pair tell strangers they won a lottery but cannot collect the winnings because they are illegally in the United States, then persuades the victim to help pay "fees" to get part of prize. In one case, the thieves drove a victim to her home to get cash, then stole more money and jewelry while there, police said.
Anyone with more information as to the names or whereabouts of the suspects were asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or to send tips via email to sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to a $1,000.