Strathmore RCMP are warning people about a spate of recent jewelry scams involving the sale of fake gold jewelry in the region.
Strathmore RCMP said in a press release that since May 13 they have received four separate complaints of people being approached in parking lots by people offering to sell jewelry.
“When scams are combined with an emotional appeal for help, unfortunately it is easier for people to be drawn in and become a victim” said Strathmore RCMP Media Resource Officer Const. Denzil Morey.
Police said that the sellers would present and sell they claimed was authentic gold, however those who have made a purchase would later find that the jewelry is fake.
In most of the complaints, the suspect’s vehicle is reported to be a blue Dodge Journey with either an Ontario or Quebec license plate.
Complaints of the fraudulent sales vary with both men and women attempting to make the fraudulent sales.
They are all described as middle-eastern between the ages of 30 and 50 years-old.
Strathmore RCMP said that in some cases of the scam, the suspects attempt to play off the intended victims emotions by stressing and urgent need to make enough money to return home.
While investigating, police said that they have uncovered similar reported scams in Vulcan, Halkirk and Sundre.
There have also been reports of similar scams in Saskatchewan.
RCMP are asking that anyone with information contact Strathmore RCMP at 403-934-3968.
Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.tipsubmit.com.