IONIA, Mich. (Wood) — Bogus jewellery ripoffs are on the increase in Ionia County and police are now warning consumers to believe twice in advance of acquiring ‘gold’ on the streets.

Ionia County undersheriff Andrew Bucholtz stated the culprits ordinarily perform in pairs and target gas stations and retail store parking loads near highways. Bucholtz stated they draw in victims by professing that they have an emergency.

“I’ve got family users that are harm, or I’m trying to get again home, I need gasoline funds. Listed here seem, I’m not asking you for some thing for very little, here’s some Rolex, or here’s some extravagant jewelry, it is 18 Karat gold, no matter what it may perhaps be. I’m going to give you a excellent offer on it,” Bucholtz explained.

Just after the jewellery is examined, Bucholtz claimed it turns out to be pretend. It can be a expensive error for those that make the trade.

  • Fake jewelry sold by scammers. (Courtesy Portland Police Department)
  • Fake jewelry sold by scammers. (Courtesy Portland Police Department)
  • Fake jewelry sold by scammers. (Courtesy Portland Police Department)

“I’ve seen reports wherever there’s been thousands, I have seen other stories wherever there is only hundreds,” Bucholtz explained.

Paul Behan, the operator of The Gold and Silver Exchange in Grand Rapids, said he’s witnessed at the very least 25 victims of a identical rip-off occur into his retailers hoping to funds in on the jewellery they ordered.

“It’s worthless due to the fact when they bring it in listed here to provide it, it’s not even gold. It’s not even close,” Behan claimed.

Behan reported it is not quick to enable folks know that they ended up ripped off.

“It’s really hard to notify people that they just received screwed, but however that’s exactly what took place,” Behan stated.

Regulation enforcement is now encouraging consumers to only buy jewelry at highly regarded dealers and to consider in advance of they hand more than their funds.

“If you’re at any time questioning it and you just never know, the greatest issue is just end and back out,” Bucholtz claimed.

Law enforcement in Portland suggests the suspects have been described as well-dressed and motorists of large-conclusion rental autos. Bucholtz mentioned a number of suspects have been identified, but it’s not crystal clear if they are liable for all of the scams the county is observing.

If you have been a victim of the scam, you’re inspired to contact Ionia Central Dispatch at 616.527.0400.

By Amalia