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Lottery scam nearly costs woman life savings

September 7, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A common lottery scam nearly cost a 61-year-old Ventura woman her life savings.

Authorities say the victim was walking near her home Thursday afternoon when two women approached her and told her they had a winning lottery ticket, but they could not cash the ticket because they were not citizens.

The suspects convinced the woman to exchange their ticket for a large sum of money, and drove with the victim to the bank. When the victim explained why she was withdrawing all of her savings, a bank employee recognized the scam.

Police responded to the scene, but the suspects had already fled.