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Police search for lottery scammers in Miami-Dade County

Men claiming to have winning lottery ticket rob women

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Police are searching for at least two men who scammed two women into paying them for a winning lottery ticket.

In the latest case, Miami-Dade police said two men approached a 70-year-old woman at a bus stop at Northwest 80th Avenue and 7th Street and asked her for directions.

Police said one of the men told the victim that he had a winning lottery ticket, but he was not a legal resident so he couldn't redeem it. The man told the women he would give it to her in exchange for $10,000 in cash.

Police said the woman agreed and was driven to the bank by the men. Police said she was then taken to a nearby apartment complex where a third man opened the passenger door and snatched the victim's purse.

A struggle ensued and the victim fell out of the vehicle, officers said.

Meanwhile, the Economic Crimes Bureau is investigating a similar incident from Tuesday.

In that case, authorities said another woman was approached by two men who promised to give up a winning lottery ticket in exchange for $400 in cash.

Police said the men drove the woman to a Bank of America at 7760 W. Flagler St., where she withdrew the money and gave them a bracelet she was wearing.

Police said the men then drove the victim to a gas station and asked her to buy them a water. The men drove off after she stepped out of the car.

It's unclear whether the same men are involved in both robberies.

Police describe the thieves as white males between the ages of 40 and 50.

Anyone with information about either of the cases is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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