Danville Police Looking for Lottery Scam Suspect

Police said they are looking for Alexander Galarraga in connection to a lottery scam that took place in July in Danville.

Danville police detectives are searching for a man believed to have taken part in a scam in July involving a fake lottery ticket.

The suspect, Alexander Galarraga, 59, and a female accomplice approached the victim with what appeared to be a winning lottery ticket on July 25, 2012 in the parking lot of an area business, according to Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins.

The couple offered a percentage of the winnings in exchange for monetary help in cashing the ticket. The victim told police that after the suspects were given some money they split up and ran away in opposite directions. Police said this is a common confidence scam known as the “Latin Lottery Scam.”

The victim identified Galarraga, and a warrant for his arrest has been issued. Galarraga’s whereabouts are currently unknown.

In August, in connection to different lottery scam that happened in Danville.

Any person with information on the whereabouts of Galarraga is encouraged to contact Detective Anthony Perry at 925-314-3710 or aperry@danville.ca.gov.


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