Jeweler Loses $6,900 in Gold Scam

A jeweler lost
$6,900 after a man sold him fake gold.

A Tennessee
jeweler, who lives in Dalton, Ga., reported the incident to Dalton Police March
1. Dalton police did not release the name of the jeweler, but tell JCK
the suspect approached him at his store and asked him if he bought gold.

“The victim said yes,
but told him he didn’t have a way to test the gold at his business,” says Bruce
Frazier, Dalton public relations officer. 

Frazier says the
two agreed to meet at a Wal-Mart in Dalton. They later headed over to a Southern
Bullion
, where the gold was tested as 22k and 24k. “They agreed on a price and
the victim went to the ATM to get money,” Frazier says.

The retailer paid
the suspect $6,900 for the gold. Later, he found out the gold was not
real. “In the interim the suspect swapped [his] bag with fake gold,”
according to Frazier.

The suspect showed
the jeweler a New Jersey driver’s license and gave the jeweler a phone number.
Frazier says police believe the New Jersey driver’s license was invalid. Police recovered a
photo of the suspect from the Wal-Mart surveillance camera. The investigation is
ongoing.

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scams encountered by jewelers, click here.


Photo courtesy of Dalton Police Department

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