Richmond RCMP warning of scam artists working in the area

Fraudsters sell fake gold

RCMP are warning about suspects selling fake jewellery.

The Richmond RCMP Economic Crime Unit has identified a series of frauds that took place in Richmond where the suspects allegedly attempted to sell fake gold and jewellery under the guise of needing financial assistance.

There were four incidents in a four-day period in Richmond as well as one in Langley. While a number of the victims turned down the suspects, in one case a victim was allegedly defrauded of $ 2,500.

“This modus operandi resurfaces periodically in Richmond and across the Lower Mainland,” said Cpl. Adriana O’Malley. “The fact is, these fraudsters use various tactics, including playing to peoples’ emotions, including by bringing children with them. We can’t stress enough if someone approaches you on the street offering to sell you gold or jewellery, regardless of their explanation, say no.”

If approached, Richmond RCMP recommend walking away and when it’s safe to do so, report the incident to police.

O’Malley said reporting these types of incidents, even attempted frauds, to police is important. This allows police to attend and investigate these occurrences. This includes utilizing a variety of investigative techniques in an attempt to identify the individual(s) involved. It is also important as it can assist police in determining motive as well as potential crime trends.

Richmond RCMP encourage all victims of fraud to come forward and report these incidents to police.

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