In the crimes, con artists approach victims claiming to have a winning lottery ticket and asking for help cashing it because they are undocumented. They offer a portion of the winnings if the victim hands over some “good faith” money to show they can be trusted. The con artists have preyed on elderly, Spanish-speaking victims, all of whom were approached on the street. “Some people have given them thousands,” Los Angeles police Detective Brenda Cureton said. “It’s sad.” The crime typically begins with a con artist telling a stranger they have won about $25,000 in the lottery. The con artist calls an unidentified person on a speakerphone and asks that person if they have the winning ticket. The person verifies the winning ticket and says he needs a legal resident to claim the money. WILMINGTON: At least four have been swindled after offering to help redeem a winning ticket. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER Police on Friday warned Wilmington residents about con artists who have bilked at least four victims out of thousands of dollars in a lottery scam. “They tell them they will give them 10 percent of what the winning ticket is, but they have to put a certain amount of money in for the victim to be trusted,” Cureton said. Victims go to their banks and withdraw thousands of dollars, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. One victim charged $3,000 to her credit card. Once they have the money, the con artists ask the victims to run an errand for them. When the victims get out of their car, the con artists drive away with their money. The suspects have worked in pairs of males or a man and a woman. In one crime, they drove a newer model, gray, four-door Toyota. They also used a tan sport utility vehicle and a light-colored Plymouth Voyager minivan. Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call Los Angeles Harbor Division Detective Wusbaldo Batres at 310-522-2028, or 877-LAWFULL (529-3855). [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!