The details of the scam vary but it generally involves getting approached by someone in a parking lot or gas station asking for money. They’re in a desperate situation, out of gas or in need of car repairs. They’re not “begging” though, they’re offering some very nice looking 18K stamped jewellery in exchange. Unfortunately: that jewellery is completely fake.
We’ve been warning about this since 2013 when we brought the story to the major media. CHBC ran a news story on the topic (linked below):
We had 2 people in the last 2 days come in with fake pieces, each swindled out of hundreds of dollars. More importantly: for months afterwards this fake gold shows up on Facebook Swap/Shop, Marketplace, local classifieds or other sales channels. People get duped and then try to resell it, spreading it unintentionally. It’s a big deal: last year dozens of pieces come in. Here is over 1 pound of fake items that got left with us for team training last year alone.