CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Coral Springs police: a victim was duped out of money by two suspects over a supposed winning lottery ticket.

Police said they need the public’s help in finding the two suspects who conned the victim on Aug. 17.

In a news release, police said the first suspect approached the victim in a parking lot and told the victim that he had a sizable winning lottery ticket but could not claim the winnings due to his legal status in the country.

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The suspect, who gave his name as Fernando, reassured the victim that he was looking for someone to help claim the winning ticket.

While the two talked, a woman who introduced herself as Esmeralda offered to help out, police said.

Eventually, the victim drove the two suspects to a bank where the victim withdrew cash to “prove financial solvency for the ticket’s winnings.”

Then, the three went to an office supply store to get legal size paper so that paperwork could be notarized, and a legal agreement could be printed, police said.  

When the victim left the store, the victim noticed the two suspects were gone and the cash withdrawn had been taken from the car.

Police didn’t explain where the initial meeting with Fernando took place or how much was withdrawn from the victim’s bank account.

Police described Fernando as a Hispanic male, between 40-50 years of age, between 5’4” - 5’6” tall, and weighing 130 – 150 pounds.

Police described Esmeralda as a Hispanic woman between 50 – 60 years of age, about 5’3” tall, and weighing 120 – 130 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Brian Elkin at 954-346-1281 or call the police non-emergency number at 954-344-1800.


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