Elderly woman scammed out of $90K

An elderly Queens woman was swindled of $90,000 in a lottery scam, according to police. A woman in her early 40s approached the 80-year-old victim on Wednesday in front of 80-35 Jamaica Avenue and asked for help in cashing a winning lottery ticket because she was an illegal immigrant.

Police say a man then arrived and said he was putting up collateral.  The man reportedly convinced the victim to do the same, promising her a cut of the $167,000 winnings.


Police say the victim withdrew $90,000 from her account. The duo then drove her to her house, telling her they needed to see a utility bill as proof she lived there and to unsure she didn't flee with the lottery ticket.

Police say when the victim went inside, the two fled.

The woman is described as Hispanic and in her early 40s. Police say the man is Hispanic and was wearing a pink shirt and blue jeans.

If you know anything about the robbery, contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers at any of the following.

1-800-577-TIPS (8477)

WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

The NYPD says all calls/texts are strictly confidential.

With the Associated Press