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Fake gold scam back in Red Deer

A fake gold scam has returned to Red Deer and local RCMP are warning residents of people selling gold out of the trunks of their cars.

Police received a report on Monday of a man and woman attempting to sell gold jewelry from a vehicle in the south end of Red Deer on Gaetz Avenue.

According to an RCMP press release, the man and woman were described as possibly being East Indian and were driving a silver car with an Ontario licence plate. They were last seen driving south on Gaetz Avenue but police patrols of the area did not locate them.

The person who made the report was not defrauded of any money.

Police are familiar with this scam and said it tends to occur in Red Deer and other cities in the summer months. In early May of this year, there were seven reports of fake gold scammers filed in a short time. A warning was released by police but several people were defrauded of significant amounts of money.

The scam typically starts with a man and woman approaching people in parking lots, trying to sell fake gold jewelry. The scammers say they are down on their luck and need to sell the jewelry to get back home. They can be joined by a child and may drive rental vehicles.

Anyone with information that may assist police in their investigation is asked to contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com.

 
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