Look out for thieves selling fake “Taliban gold,” Mounties warn

Mounties in B.C. are looking for three suspects selling fake “Taliban” gold under the ruse that it was smuggled out of Iraq and previously owned by Osama Bin Laden. Police say a 50-year-old Kamloops man was tricked out of $760 when he bought three gold necklaces and four gold rings in a fast food parking lot Friday.

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Mounties in B.C. are looking for three suspects selling fake “Taliban” gold under the ruse that it was smuggled out of Iraq and previously owned by Osama Bin Laden.

Police say a 50-year-old Kamloops man was tricked out of $760 when he bought three gold necklaces and four gold rings in a fast food parking lot Friday.

Officers say the man was told the gold was smuggled from the Middle East, melted down and refashioned into jewelry, but he later found the rings and chains were worthless on having them appraised.

Sgt. Grant Learned says three similar suspects targeted a 59-year-old man and his wife later the same day in a grocery store parking lot, forcefully making the couple try on gold necklaces.

The couple said they weren’t interested, but later realized a $500 real gold chain the man had been wearing was replaced with a fake gold chain during the exchange.

Learned says two men and one woman were driving a newer, black Ford Focus with Manitoba plates and are wanted for theft.

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