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Pueblo senior scammed out of $9,000

PUEBLO, Colo. - Pueblo Police are searching for two women who they say scammed an elderly woman out of $9,000.

The bizarre crime began in the pharmacy department at the Walmart in the 4200 block of Dillon Drive on April 7, 2014.

Police say one of the women approached the victim. She spoke in Spanish and asked the victim for a ride to the immigration office.

As the first woman and the victim were talking, the second woman walked up and joined in the conversation. The victim told police that she was trying to decipher what the first woman was asking when the second woman claimed to be fluent in Spanish and began translating the conversation.

The first woman then pulled out a lottery ticket and said that another woman offered her $10,000 for the ticket, which was worth several million dollars, but that she couldn't cash it because she was an illegal alien.

The two suspects and the victim then called a phone number listed on the back of the lottery ticket and spoke to an unknown man on speakerphone. The second woman and the man spoke in Spanish.  She then told the victim that the man said that because the ticket holder was not a legal citizen, she would need two people with verified identification and a certain amount of money to claim the prize.

Police say the women convinced the victim to take them to her bank, where she withdrew $9,000 cash and put it in her purse. The victim then drove them to another local bank where the second woman was supposed to withdraw money and then meet the victim back at her car.

The suspects never returned and the victim found her envelope containing $9,000 in cash had been replaced by a similar envelope containing regular paper that had been cut to the size of dollar bills. 

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic female, 35-40 years old, with brown hair, green or gray eyes, wearing a blue jacket and black pants. The second suspect is described as a Hispanic female, 35-40 years old, with long black hair and wearing a black top

If you have any information about the woman in the picture at the top of this article, you are urged to call Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 719-542-STOP (7867).

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