Parkland, Alberta – With more people venturing out over the warm summer months, the return of certain frauds and scams is also beginning to increase.
Parkland RCMP would like to make the public aware of a recent increase in gold scams in the area. The typical scam involves one or two people approaching someone in a parking lot, stating that they have a problem (broken down car, they had all of their personal possessions taken away, etc.) and they need money. The fraudsters will offer to sell the person their gold jewellery, which they usually have on their person (chains, necklaces, rings, etc) for cash. Once the scammers have the money from their victim, they leave. When the victim eventually attempts to sell the gold to get their money back, they find out the gold is fake and they are out the cash.
If you are approached by someone trying to sell gold jewellery because they need money, avoid getting involved and call your local police right away to report the incident. If possible, please provide any licence plate numbers or any photos of suspects or vehicles to help with the investigation.
Any information you have on this type of activity would also be helpful as the fraudsters tend to travel around the Province taking advantage of many people before leaving the area.
If you have any information, please call the Parkland RCMP at 825-220-2000 or your local police department. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
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