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‘Psychic’ Takes Thousands From Victim in Lottery Scam



    Police Search For 'Psychic' Suspected in Costly Lottery Scam

    News4's David Culver is in Manassas Park, where a man claiming to be a psychic scammed a woman out of thousands of dollars. Police believe there may be more victims.

    (Published Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017)

    Manassas Park police are looking for a man they say scammed a woman for thousands of dollars by gaining her trust over social media and then claiming he could predict winning lottery numbers.

    The man, who goes by the fake name Angel Cruz Oliviero on Facebook, uses social media to find his victims, police say. He poses as a legitimate psychic to build trust with potential targets for the scam.

    The man promised one woman that he could predict the winning numbers for the lottery. Police caught the man on surveillance video as he brought the woman to a 7-11 store Oct. 25 to buy a Powerball ticket.

    The suspect later told the victim that the purchased ticket was a winner -- and said she owed him money to claim it.

    The woman wired the man thousands of dollars, police say.

    The suspect has a stocky build, stands about 6 feet tall and has a tattoo on the back of his neck, police say.

    If you think you have seen the suspect, you can contact Manassas Park police at 703-361-1136.