The Calgary Police Service is warning the public of a recent string of jewellery scams.
According to a release from CPS, there have been five incidents reported between Friday, May 15, and Sunday, May 28, involving jewellery that police believe to be connected.
Most of the incidents saw victims being approached by a stranger while outside who was offering to sell them gold jewellery because they needed money for an emergency, though after buying the gold the victims found it to be fake.
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One incident saw a stranger try on a necklace while swapping a fake one for the real gold one the victim had been wearing.
These incidents have cost victims a combined $12,000, according to police.
Two of the incidents saw suspects driving vehicles with out of province plates that police believe could have possibly been from Ontario and Quebec, and in one incident the suspects had children with them.
Calgarians are warned to be wary of buying jewellery through a private sale, and to have and potential purchase appraised by a professional.
Anyone who has been approached by a stranger on the street offering to sell them gold is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service’s non-emergency number at 403-266-1234.
Tips can also be left anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or through their website.