Scammers with fake gold jewelry and a sad story
Be on the lookout, for thieves with a lot of bling! Honolulu police are warning of scam artists decked out with fake gold rings, chains and watches, that some people are buying for hundreds of dollars.
Shiny gold jewelry has been catching the eyes of Oahu residents.
Unfortunately, all that glitters isn't gold.
Be on the lookout, for thieves with a lot of bling!
Honolulu police are warning of scam artists decked out with fake gold rings, chains and watches, that some people are buying for hundreds of dollars.
For the past week, scammers have hit the streets all around Oahu.
They were spotted pulling into a parking lot on the Pali Highway,
getting gas at a Sand Island station and approaching workers on a Kapolei job site.
Each time looking for the same thing: someone gullible.
"They're approaching individuals and say they are desperate and they are willing to let this jewelry go for a discounted price," said Sgt. Chris Kim with HPD Crimestoppers.
The jewelry is touted as high-end gold, worth thousands of dollars. The scammers claim they are forced to sell it on the street for a fraction of its fictional value.
"They are purporting it to be authentic, and they ran into some hard times or they need a place to stay until they get back to where ever they are from. They are hoping the victim will feel sorry for them, and purchase jewelry from them."
The fake gold jewelry scam isn't new, it was tracked across the mainland.
"It popped up nationwide a few years ago and it is making a comeback again."
The scammers are described on social media as being European gypsies...sometimes two men, sometimes a woman, or maybe a group. All with jewelry to sell, along with a sob story.
"It could be a group going nationwide, and hopping around from state to state. Which isn't uncommon for people who participate in scams to travel from one state to another. By all accounts, they don't appear to be local."
Their persuasion skills appear to be effective. On social media, a number of people have already been scammed out of hundreds of dollars.
Now police are involved because that is a crime.
"If they are purporting it to be authentic, but it is fake so that would be theft by deception."
Which would be a misdemeanor unless someone is ripped off for more than $750, then it would become a felony.
Like so many other things, if it sounds too good to be true it probably isn't.
That is definitely the case in this instance.
If you see the scammers call police.