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Winning lottery ticket scam costs victim $18,000

LARGO — Authorities are looking for two women they said scammed a senior citizen out of $18,000 last month.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said the women approached the victim about 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in parking lot at Walmart, 1111 N Missouri Ave.

They told the victim, a woman, they had a winning lottery ticket worth a large sum of money but couldn't cash it because they weren't American citizens.

The women said they needed $60,000 for documents to become citizens and asked the victim to help, officials said.

The victim drove them to a bank and handed over the cash. The women then left the area.

Deputies said both the women are Hispanic and appeared to be between 25 and 30 years old.

One of the women was about 5 feet 3, 170 pounds, with dark hair and green eyes. The second woman had long dark brown straight hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective David Kavanagh at (727) 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.

Winning lottery ticket scam costs victim $18,000 03/13/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 9:55pm]
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