Lottery scammers dupe elderly BX woman
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.