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Jewelers in Pocatello Concerned Over Fake Jewelry Scams June 30, 2022 (3 comments)

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Pocatello, ID--Jewelry stores in the Pocatello area are raising concerns about seeing many fake jewelry pieces obtained by residents.

[Image source: Molinelli's Jewelers/Facebook]

A Facebook post by Molinelli's Jewelers states that the residents were scammed by people posing as immigrants in places such as casinos, gas stations, and parking lots.

As per the post, the scammers say that they are stranded and urgently need gas money, for which they'd be willing to trade jewelry in exchange for cash. They then proceed to persuade other victims to buy their fake jewelry.

"There is a family (well organized and extremely good at acting) that has been frequenting gas stations, casinos, and parking lots posing as immigrants who are in need of gas and assistance," the post said. "In exchange for money, they are offering "family heirlooms and riches" of stamped 18k goods. These goods are fake and should not be purchased!"

Warning people of the incident, Molinelli's said that gold was easy to dilute and that someone willing to trade so much gold for gas money was probably running a scam.

Read more in the entire Facebook post

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Comments (3):

It’s happening in Buffalo NY also. The same story. Someone came in this morning with two chains stamped 14K that were fake. He bought them outside a gas station from an immigrant family with 4 kids in their SUV. This is nothing new. We’ve been seeing this for many years.

By Joseph Korona on Jul 5th, 2022 at 4:39pm

This is happening in NY and New Jersey as well, a guy came in last week , he said a car pulled up to him with a couple and baby, saying they were stranded , he gave them $440 for fake gold chain, bracelet, and fake Rolex. Robert Sherman, Sherman Jewelers, Atlantic Highlands NJ 07716

By Robert Sherman on Jul 5th, 2022 at 5:48pm

Yes, this happened to one of our neighbors by an Indian family.  The man said that he had no money for gas and he really needed it, and gave our neighbor a ring that appeared to be yellow gold, was even stamped, but was not gold at all.  It’s sad what this country is coming to.

By Barbara Parker on Jul 5th, 2022 at 6:08pm

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