Watch out for scammers, cops warn

23 12 2007

Englewood police are warning residents to beware of offers that sound too good to be true — especially if they involve a chance to join in on a winning lottery ticket.

The warning came as a result of two scams in the past two days, they said.

In one, a couple approached a man on the street Saturday morning with an offer of a lifetime: If he gave them $5,000 up front, they would split the proceeds of a winning lottery ticket when they cashed it — a classic flimflam scheme, police said.

The victim offered them $3,000, and the couple, a Hispanic male and a heavyset Hispanic female, took the cash. Then they drove the victim to his house to pick something up and drove away with his cellphone and iPod, police said. The couple were driving a red Nissan, police said.

Bogota police said a woman was approached Friday in a similar scam.

Police said the perpetrators have targeted Hispanic residents. The incidents are under investigation. NorthJersey

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