A 73-year-old female resident of Burbank gave $1000 to an unknown male suspect after the man approached her on the street Wednesday afternoon, January 29, with a proposition concerning a supposed winning lottery ticket. The senior citizen was walking along Olive Avenue towards Verdugo Avenue when she was approached by a male and female.
The man told the victim he had wpm $500,000 in the lottery but couldn’t claim the prize as he was not a U.S. citizen, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. He offered to share $20,000 of the alleged winnings with the victim if she would claim the prize. However, he reportedly told the victim, he couldn’t trust her to share the winnings unless she gave him $1000 first.
At this point, a third suspect, a male, drove up in a blue vehicle and the three suspects took the victim to her bank, the Wells Fargo at 250 E. Olive Avenue, and she withdrew $1000 from her account. She gave the money to the male suspect and he told her to go back in the bank and get a receipt, added Ryburn. After doing so and returning outside, the three suspects were gone with her money.
The victim went in to the BPD counter to file the report at 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, January 29. The male suspect who approached the woman is described as a 30-35 years old Hispanic and the female suspect as 40-45 years old and Hispanic as well. No other information is known at this time, police report.