Police in Swindon are seeking two suspects who conned a man into handing over property to the value of £10,000 in a scam involving a fake lottery ticket.
The victim was approached in Manchester Road on Friday 12 October by a man who claimed he had won £2m in a lottery. The man said he could not collect his prize because he was living in the UK illegally.
He convinced the victim to collect the windfall payout on his behalf, along with another man who, unbeknown to the victim, was already part of the scam. As soon as the victim agreed, the conman asked him to hand over a £10,000 deposit.
The victim, who had been cleverly duped into believing the lottery ticket was genuine, handed over the £5,000 in cash, four gold rings and 10 gold sovereigns to the conmen.
As soon as he had handed over the deposit, the conman faked illness asking the victim to collect some medication and drove to Henry Street in Swindon and dropped him off. The suspects then made off with the cash and the jewellery never returning to the victim.
PC Simon Akers from Gablecross Police Station said: “This was a unique scam where the victim was totally convinced the lottery ticket was genuine. It is important to alert the public to this fraud so that no one else becomes a victim of these tricksters.
I am appealing for help from anyone who might have seen this fraud take place at about 2.30pm on 12 October. You might have seen the victim being dropped off on Henry Street. The two males made off in a black Mazda saloon car.
We would also like to hear from any jeweller or pawn shop which is approached to buy any gold sovereigns, especially two which include certificates of authenticity.”
If anyone has any information at all about the two suspects please contact PC Akers on 101 ext 760 815 or alternatively you can call crime stoppers on 0800 555 111