Lottery scam in South Florida, police search for 2 women, ripped off $12,300 from elderly woman

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. -- Detectives with the Broward Sheriff's Office want to warn the public about a lottery scam that has netted at least one victim.

Two women were able to steal $12,300 from a woman in mid-November, said Keyla Concepcion, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.

Nely Limeira reported the crime on Nov. 19.

Limeira, 73, told deputies she was in front of the Publix at 1003 E. Commercial Blvd. when she was approached by an older woman in a yellow dress who asked for help finding an address.

The woman claimed she was trying to find a business to process her green card. As they spoke, a second woman between 40 and 50 years old walked up and complimented Limeira on her kindness in helping the elderly woman.

The older woman claimed she had a $2 million lottery ticket and would share the winnings with Limeira if she helped find the business and pay for the green card.

When the younger woman offered to drive them, all three piled into a dark four-door sedan.

While in the car, Limeira called a number on the "ticket" for instructions on how to collect the winnings. A man who answered told Limeira she would need cash and jewelry as collateral.

The driver took Limeira to her home to pick up the jewelry, then to the bank to withdraw $12,300.

When Limeira returned, the women told her the older lady was ill and needed medicine from a pharmacy. Once there, they asked Limeira to go inside for the medicine and gave her an envelope they said contained her money. When she went inside the store, the women drove off. Inside the envelope was a folded newspaper.

The younger woman is around 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds.

The older woman is around 70, has blond hair, is about 5-foot-5 and weighs around 130 pounds.

Anyone with information can call Detective Matthew Marks at 954-321-4255 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.


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