Miami police are looking for a man and woman who allegedly conned an 86-year-old woman out of $17,000 in a popular scam involving fake lottery tickets.
The crime occurred on Oct. 24 when the victim was approached by a man asking for directions outside the Big Lots store at 2100 Southwest 27th Avenue. At the same time, a woman walked up and was asked the same question by the first suspect.
The man told both women he possessed a winning lottery ticket, but was unable to cash it due to fears over his immigration status. The victim agreed to a request from the man to assist in obtaining the money for a percentage of the winnings.
The man told the victim he knew a company that would help get the money, but would also require a percentage of the winnings.
The victim drove both the man and the woman to her home to retrieve $2,000 in cash, and then went to a Bank of America to withdraw an additional $15,000.
After receiving the money from the victim, the man said he was feeling ill and wondered if she could go into a store to buy him medication. When the victim returned to the car, both of the suspects were gone, along with the $17,000.
Police are looking for a male, 5 feet 7 inches, weighing about 160 pounds and approximately 30-40 years of age. The female is said to be 5 feet 4 inches at 36-45 years old.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 305-603-6280. Information can be given anonymously through Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS or at the Crimes Stoppers website.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.