Lottery scammers dupe elderly BX woman

THE BRONX - Police are looking for a pair of lottery scammers who they say could be roaming Bronx streets looking for another senior citizen to dupe.

According to 78-year-old Norma Rivera, two people claiming not to know each other tricked her into handing over $3,000 in Claremont Village. She says a woman claimed to have a winning lotto ticket and told her that she and another man on the street could get in on the $8 million prize by putting in some cash first.

The man and woman were actually working together. Rivera says they called what she thought was a lottery hotline, while holding a bible and praying.

Police say the women took Rivera to a local bank where she withdrew her entire savings. They then took her to a post office to buy stamps and that's where they took off.

Anyone with information is being urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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