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Couple in Okanagan loses 'significant' sum of cash in fake gold scam

There have been yet more victims of a fake gold scam in the Okanagan.

This one happened in Lake Country – in a parking lot along Oceola Road – on Oct. 7.

Mounties said a couple was scammed out of a “significant” sum of cash.

The victims told police they were approached by a woman who claimed she had taken necklaces, rings and bracelets from her boyfriend and was hoping to escape an abusive relationship.

While the couple was doubtful at first, they put the jewellery through some tests and decided it was made of real gold.

But when they took it to an expert, it was found to be fake.

It was too late, however, since they had already exchanged it for cash.

The female suspect is described as:

  • About 30

  • South Asian

  • 5ft 2in

  • Light-coloured skin

  • Stocky

  • Freckles

  • Brown hair

  • Brown eyes

  • Gold teeth

She was with a 10-year-old boy in a black 2001 Mercedes, Crime Stoppers said.

A man was also with her. He is described as:

  • South Asian

  • Between 25 and 35

  • 5ft 5in

  • Moustache

Last month, at least three people reported being scammed in similar circumstances in West Kelowna.

If you can help, call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tips line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit their website at www.crimestoppers.net.



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