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Elderly Highland Beach woman victimized in lottery scam


Boca Raton, FL No one wants to believe they will be the target of a scam, but on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, it happened to a woman in Boca Raton.The victim told officers that she was scammed at the Target in Deerfield Beach.The victim was approached by a Hispanic female who asked her if she spoke any Spanish.As the victim replied that she spoke a little Spanish, a second Hispanic female walked up to them and said she spoke Spanish.The suspect told the victim that she was not a legal citizen and needed help cashing a lottery ticket. Not knowing that a person does not need collateral to cash a lottery ticket, the victim agreed and advised that she did not have money, but did have a lot of jewelry at home that she was willing to use as collateral.

The two suspects rode with the victim to her home in Highland Beach where she collected about $30,000 in uninsured jewelry.The three then drove to Boca Raton where the victim was told they would cash the lottery ticket.As they drove, one suspect said she needed medication for a stomachache from a drug store.The victim stopped at the Walgreens, 3900 North Federal Highway, went inside the store alone and purchased the medication for one of the suspects.When she returned to her car, the suspects and her jewelry were gone.

During the course of events, one of the suspects stopped into a Chevron station in Deerfield where she was caught on security camera. The suspects are described as Hispanic females, one approximately 5'4 tall, having reddish hair and wearing a straw hat.The second was approximately 5'0 tall with dark hair, dark pants.

Scams of this type are common.Detectives investigating this crime believe these two suspects have targeted several other victims in the region, including Dade and Broward Counties.If you have any information, you're asked to call Detective Chris Suarez at 561-620-6146 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.