March 25, 2013 - 4:45 PM
Kamloops RCMP caution the public about deals that offer high yield returns for a low value and the quick loss associated with these deal following a scam that saw one man duped out of $760 on Friday after he bought what he was told was a chain made from Taliban gold belonging to Osama Bin Laden.
Three suspects are said to be selling jewelry they claim is made from gold smuggled out of Iraq and have also stolen another man's real gold chain and replaced it with a fake one during an attempt to convince him to buy a necklace.
On Friday morning a man purchased three necklaces and four gold rings from an “Iraqi” male who was with a Middle Eastern man and woman, near the McDonalds on Fortune Drive. The man realized he was duped after taking the jewelry to an appraiser where he found they were all worthless. The suspects were driving a newer model Ford Focus with Manitoba licence plates.
Around noon another man and his wife were approached by three similarly described suspects near the Real Canadian Superstore on Columbia Street. In this incident the suspects placed the necklaces around the victims' necks while trying to get them to buy. After walking away the couple noticed they were both wearing the fake chains, and the man's real gold chain - valued at $500 - was missing. The couple described the vehicle as a black four door sedan.
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