Orange County woman, 80, conned out of $30K in lottery ticket scam
Updated On: May 29 2013 12:26:02 AM EDT
An 80-year-old woman was conned out of $30,000 in a lottery ticket scam while shopping at Walmart-- and deputies say the scammers are still on the loose.
The victim was approached by the first suspect, who claimed to be in the U.S. illegally and looking to attain identification documents, according to deputies.
After apologizing for not being able to help her, the second suspect approached them and said she was able to help the the first suspect in getting documents, deputies said. The victim agreed to drive the suspects to the desired location.
Before going home to drop off the groceries, the first suspect claimed that she had a winning lottery ticker for $2 million, according to the report. The victim said the woman promised to give her $100,000 of the award after obtaining the identification documents.
Deputies said the suspect explained to the woman that in order to claim the lottery ticket earnings, she needed $30,000 in cash to prove she did not need the money. The victim obliged and provided them with they money.
Soon after, both suspects requested the woman stop in a shopping center so they could pick up food and feminine hygiene products. As time passed, neither of the suspects returned to the victim's car and had fled with her money.
The victim returned home and explained to her family what had happened. They then filed a report with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
The suspects are both described as Hispanic females, according to deputies. One is between the ages of 25-35 and the other is between the ages of 45-55. OCSO has obtained video footage of the suspects assisting the victim at checkout in the Walmart.
OSCO is still searching for the suspected scammers.