Fake Gold Scam Warning
June 13, 2018 – Fake Gold Scam Warning
Over the past several days the Medicine Hat Police Service has received reports of a jewellery scam involving individuals who are approached by persons of Middle Eastern descent, who advise the complainants that they are in need of money for gas or food. The suspects offer up 18 karat gold, bracelets, rings etc for a bargain price in exchange for cash. The victims of the scam later learn that the gold is worthless.
This scam has been reported in three locations in Medicine Hat, all occurring in the parking lots of local shopping areas. Witnesses report being approached by a male and female, both estimated to be in their early thirties. Police believe that there are multiple different people and multiple different vehicles involved in these scams. Similar scams have been reported in other communities across Alberta and Saskatchewan in recent months.
On June 21, 2018, a member of the Medicine Hat Police Service responded to a suspicious person complaint and upon arrival observed persons matching the above descriptions in a local business parking lot. After an investigation a 21 year old male was arrested in conjunction with these alleged incidents. These matters are currently under investigation.
Anyone with information that could help in the investigation can call the Medicine Hat Police Service at 403-529-8481 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
S/Sgt Ryan Thorburn #320