San Carlos police are warning residents about a lottery scam after a woman who agreed to help cash a made-up winning ticket was robbed Wednesday. The victim was approached by a male and female inside a business in the 1100 block of Industrial Road in San Carlos at about 11 a.m., according to police. The female suspect said she had a winning lottery ticket she couldn’t cash, and she offered to split the winnings if the victim would cash it for her. She asked the victim for money and jewels up front in exchange for the ticket. The two women met at the corner of Edgewood Road and El Camino Real in Redwood City to make the exchange, but after the victim gave away her cash and jewelry, the two suspects ran south on El Camino Real, police said. The lottery scam is common, according to police, and it usually involves suspects befriending someone and claiming to have a winning ticket or a large sum of cash. The suspect says they cannot go to a bank or cash the winning ticket because of immigration issues or some other reason, so the victim is asked to do it instead in exchange for a portion of the winnings. The victim is asked to contribute “good faith” money up front, which is usually switched for a bag full of shredded paper. Police said anyone approached in this manner should not turn over any property and should contact the authorities immediately.
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