Nely Limeira, 73, of Oakland Park fell victim to a lottery scam that took advantage of her kindness. And now authorities are on the lookout for two women who perpetrated the shakedown that robbed Limeira of $12,300 in cash and jewelry.
According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, Limeira was approached in the parking lot of the Publix at 1003 E. Commercial Blvd. by an older woman claiming she was looking for an address to have her green card processed.
As soon as Limeira agreed to help the stranger, the scam was on.
As Limeira spoke to the woman, another woman approached them and complimented Nely on her kindness toward an elderly stranger. In the course of the conversation, the elderly woman claimed she had a $2 million lottery ticket and would share the winnings with them if they helped her find the address to get her green card processed.
The second woman then offered to drive them, and Limeria jumped into a car with them.
As they drove, Limeira called a number on the fake ticket for supposed instructions on how to collect the lottery winnings. Limeira was instructed to bring cash and jewelry as collateral.
The three drove to Limeira's home, where she retrieved some jewelry, They then drove her to the bank to withdraw $12,300 in cash.
Once back in the car, the elderly woman claimed to be ill and in need of medicine from the pharmacy. The women asked Limeira to go into the pharmacy to pick up the meds. They gave her an envelope containing money to pay for them.
Once inside the store, the two women drove off with Limeira's cash and jewels. The envelope in Limeira's hands contained a folded newspaper.
According to police, the younger woman is between the ages of 40 and 50 and is around five-foot-ten and 175 pounds.
The elderly woman appeared to be in her 70s, has blond hair, is about five-foot-five, and weighs around 130 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Matthew Marks at 954-321-4255 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.