Two elderly Asian women were reportedly scammed out of cash and jewelry in separate incidents Sunday and Monday that have hallmarks of other rip-offs from earlier this year.
About 10 a.m. Sunday, an elderly Asian woman was approached near Clay and Jackson streets by three Asian women who convinced the victim that she had stepped in blood and needed to be cleansed of evil spirits, police said. The victim eventually lost a bag full of cash and jewelry.
And on Monday at Market and Third streets, another elderly victim lost her life savings, valued at about $35,000, in a similar scheme.
Earlier this year, police arrested several women from Hong Kong who were allegedly tied to a nationwide ring performing the scam.