Lottery ticket ‘fraudsters’ arrested in Alicante

THREE members of a gang of alleged conmen were arrested in Alicante. They were reportedly involved in a lottery ticket scam.

The scam involved selling their victims ‘winning’ lottery tickets for less money that the prize is worth which they claim they are unable to collect it.

At this point a second conman who pretends not to know the first comes along and somehow verifies that the lottery ticket is real. When the target tries to collect the ticket he finds that it is false.

The men were arrested after plainclothes police officers noticed three men holding a number of ONCE lottery tickets. Two of the three men approached an elderly man on Avenida de Maissonave.

Although the potential victim was not interested in their ‘pitch’, the officers decided to check the men’s identity and discovered they all had criminal records and were wanted by police in Ponferrada (Leon) for alleged ties to a criminal group dedicated to this type of scam.

The detainees, aged between 23 and 31, reportedly used rental cars to travel throughout Spain conducting this scam.

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