Elderly woman scammed out of $30,000 by pair in lottery scam

Palm Springs police are seeking the public's assistance in locating two people who they say defrauded an elderly woman out of $30,000 cash.

The victim was approached at the Goodwill store on N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach and asked for assistance with cashing a winning lottery ticket.

The Hispanic male suspect, believed to have a Venezuelan accent, told the woman he was an illegal alien and couldn't provide the needed identification. With the victim's assistance and cash collateral, he could collect his winnings and make the woman more money for her trouble.

The man led the victim to a light colored, possibly cream, Ford SUV where a Hispanic female (believed to be Puerto Rican, according to the report), was waiting.

They first drove to the IHOP on Military Trail and then to the victim's home in Palm Springs.

The victim turned over about $15,000 cash to the suspects. The pair then drove the woman to her bank, where she withdrew another $15,000.

Once they had the cash in hand, they drove the victim back to her vehicle at Goodwill and left her with a bag full of newspaper clippings.

The victim wrote down tag number 482W8B, but a search turns up no record of that tag.

If you recognize either of the suspects, call the Palm Springs Police Department at (561) 968-8243 or call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477).

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