Deputies: Women tricked 83-year-old out of life savings in lotto scam



Investigators released photos of two women who they said conned $30,000 from an 83-year-old Orlando woman at the Walmart Supercenter on East Colonial Drive.

The 83-year-old's daughter told WFTV that was her parents' life savings, and the elderly couple needed that money for her father's medical costs.

The woman's daughter, who did not want to be identified, said with a simple car ride her mother lost $30,000.

"I don't believe this," the victim's daughter said. "It started as being as being a good Samaritan."

The woman said the women approached her mother at Walmart, saying they needed a ride to get citizenship paperwork because they were illegal immigrants.

Authorities said once they were in her car, the women allegedly told the Orlando woman they had a $2 million winning lottery ticket and needed her help, and that they'd give her $100,000 if she gave them $30,000 along with her ID to cash the ticket.

Deputies said the woman went home and got cash for the pair. Deputies said the women then slipped away when they made another stop.

"And that was the money she was hoping to utilize in case things got worse with dad," said her daughter.

Her daughter said her mother can't even work up the courage to tell her husband it's gone.

"She doesn't sleep, she doesn't eat," her daughter said.

WFTV found out that Pinellas County deputies are working a similar case. They said the women also scammed thousands from an elderly woman at a Tampa-area Walmart.

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