Strathcona County RCMP Issues Warning About Fake Jewellery Scam

April 17, 2024

Strathcona County RCMP issues warning about fake jewellery scam

Strathcona County, Alta. – The Strathcona County RCMP is issuing a scam alert to the community regarding a resurgence of the fake jewellery scam.

Individuals are being targeted in parking lots, gas stations, and other public spaces by suspects offering fake gold jewellery for sale at incredibly low prices. Some even propose exchanging the fake jewellery for gas. These fraudulent activities often involve the suspects sharing fabricated stories of financial distress, such as a lost or malfunctioning bank card hindering their travel expenses. The suspects are frequently seen driving newer rental vehicles, sometimes accompanied by children.

This serves as a reminder that if an offer seems too good to be true, it most certainly is. The key message is clear: Decline any street-side offers of gold or jewellery.

Strathcona County RCMP emphasizes the importance of refraining from purchasing high-value items like jewellery from non-credible sources. For guidance on safeguarding yourself from fraud and scams of this nature, we urge you to visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre webpage.