Lottery con artists cost victim $1,000 

A man’s luck went south after running into lottery con artists in Bernal Heights.

The victim lost $1,000 after his unlucky encounter with the scammers at 30th and Dolores streets. The robbery was reported to police around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

The suspects approached the man with a tall story about how they won big in the lottery. A female scammer told the victim she was not a citizen and could not cash the winning ticket. The victim was promised a hefty cut of the winnings if he helped, police said.

“The male suspect suggested that each of them put up $15,000 as a good faith gesture, and that they would all share in the overall winnings,” police at Ingleside Station said.

The victim went to a bank and withdrew $1,000, saying he couldn’t produce more cash. The suspects then drove the victim to the store so he could buy stamps and mail the lottery ticket. While the victim was in the store, the suspects fled with the $1,000.

No arrests have been reported.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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