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Mission District residents should be aware of what police are calling the “Latin Lotto scam,” a scheme in which con artists dupe their victims into handing over thousands of dollars in cash in exchange for a share in lottery winnings.

The scammers use several lines to win over victims:

“I cannot claim the prize because I’m not a U.S. citizen or I don’t have papers.”

“I need money to claim my prize. If you help me, we can share the prize amount.”

“I’m in a hurry and need to return to my country.”

The victims are usually elderly women, but younger women and elderly men have also been targeted in other states, according to a police press release.

Two incidents have occurred in the Mission in the last month, the press release stated.

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