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Thieves posing as construction workers rob Fla. woman, 94

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- A 94-year-old Florida woman was robbed by two men posing as construction workers, reports CBS Miami.

Police say the men knocked on the the door of the victim's Fort Lauderdale home on Thursday and told her there was an issue with the sea wall behind her home.

The victim told the station that ongoing construction near her home led her to trust the men. Construction workers have knocked on her door before -- so it didn't occur to her that she was being scammed.

According to the station, the victim said she met one of the men around the back of her house where he then told her he would need to spray the backyard with acid to get rid of a red ant infestation. That's when the man instead sprayed the woman's hands with the "chemical," prompting her to become panicked and go inside the house to wash her hands.

The man allegedly followed the woman inside and stole all the jewelry she was wearing, CBS Miami reported.

The woman said that while she was being robbed by one man, the other slipped in through the front door of the home and searched through drawers for things to steal.

The woman was not injured in the incident. The "red ant acid" that one of the men sprayed on the woman's hands turned out to be water.

The men drove off in an older model white work truck.

Anyone with information on the crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

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