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At approximately 14:30hrs on Monday, 13 January a local resident was approached by the female suspect on Richens Close. The woman spoke in broken English before producing a piece of paper with an address on it. She quickly became distressed before the male suspect approached them.
The woman - who claimed to be an illegal immigrant - stated that she needed to speak with a solicitor in order to collect a jackpot prize.
The male suspect claimed to be a bank manager and offered to buy the winning ticket. He coerced the 70-year-old male victim to assist with payment while offering to split the prize.
The victim was driven in a beige coloured Jaguar to a number of banks in the area where he withdrew a substantial amount of cash. A short time later, the female suspect feigned sickness and while the victim went for help from a local pharmacy, the pair drove off.
DCI Sarah Pearce from Hounslow CID, said: “This is a tried and tested scam which has been used many times before across London and further afield.
“I would like to remind the public to be vigilant to this type of hoax and especially of strangers purporting to have won the lottery. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
“If you are approached by these people do not engage with them, walk away and contact the police immediately.”
The suspects are described as:
- Suspect One: A light-skinned Asian woman aged in her mid-40s, 5ft 4ins tall, of 'chubby' build with short black hair. She was wearing a light/white top (possibly a cardigan), with light coloured trousers and a light coloured woolly hat. She was carrying a beige handbag.
- Suspect Two: An Asian man aged approximately 37 years, 5ft 7ins tall of medium build. He had a short crew cut and was clean shaven. He was wearing a dark suit with a white shirt and tie.
Anyone who recognises the description of the suspects, or who has been approached by anyone in similar circumstances is asked to contact Hounslow police via 101.