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Fraudsters flog fake gold jewelry in Richmond and Langley

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RCMP have identified a series of frauds that took place in Richmond where the suspects allegedly attempted to sell fake gold and jewelry under the guise of needing financial assistance. RICHMOND RCMP

Fraudsters pitching a fake story of needing money are selling fake gold jewelry to unsuspecting victims.

Richmond RCMP issued a public warning Saturday about a group they believe is behind four incidents of fraud in a four-day period, along with one in Langley.

The suspects approach strangers “under the guise of needing financial assistance,” said police.

While a number of the victims turned down the suspects, in one case a victim was allegedly defrauded of $2,500, said police in a statement. “We can’t stress enough — if someone approaches you on the street offering to sell you gold or jewelry, regardless of their explanation, say no,” said Cpl. Adriana O’Malley.

Police say you should walk away and report it to cops.

“In at least one case in Richmond, the attempted fraud was not reported to police. Reporting these types of incidents, even attempted frauds, to police is important. This allows police to attend and investigate these occurrences,” O’Malley said.