Detectives: Women Scammed Senior Out of $18,000 at Largo Walmart
The suspects claimed they needed the money to obtain American citizenship, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Detectives are searching for two women who they say scammed a senior citizen out of $18,000 outside a Largo Walmart last month.
The two suspects approached the victim in the parking lot of Walmart, 1111 N. Missouri Ave., around 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 27, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Detectives say the women talked about a desire to obtain American citizenship and claimed that they needed $60,000 for documents to obtain it.
They convinced the senior to help them by driving to a nearby bank and withdrawing $18,000, which was eventually provided to the suspects, officials said. The two women then fabricated a story and left the area.
The first suspect is described as a Hispanic woman, about 25 to 30 years old, 5-foot-3 and 170 pounds with green eyes. At the time of the incident she was wearing a multi-colored, flowered blouse and blue jeans, detectives said.
The second suspect is also described as a 25- to 30-year-old Hispanic female. She had long, dark brown, straight hair and brown eyes and at the time of the incident was wearing a black-and-white striped shirt and dark pants.
Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to contact Detective David Kavanagh of the Economic Crimes Unit at 727-582-6200; or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.
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