Lethbridge Police are warning the public following several complaints of suspicious activity in the past few weeks involving individuals attempting to sell fake gold.
Reports indicate that citizens in Lethbridge and other communities in southern Alberta are being approached by unknown subjects, sometimes with young children, claiming they are stranded or need money for food or gas. In exchange for cash the suspects will give the victim what they claim is real gold – often rings and necklaces – however it is later discovered the gold is fake. The suspects are extremely convincing, use high pressure tactics and are well-versed in telling tales of woe to gain sympathy. Outside the city, some of the cases have escalated to actual fraud and robbery.
Police are advising the public not to purchase jewelry from any unknown person regardless of the situation or story they tell as it is most likely a scam.
If you are approached by any individuals in this manner please contact police immediately at 403-328-4444.
Anyone with information on this scam is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at www.p3tips.com.