Public Alert: Scammers Selling Fake Gold to Chinese Businesses (Photo)

January 24, 2014 12:45

  

On January 5, 2014, North Precinct officers were contacted by the owner of the Vieng Lao Oriental Food Center, located at 1032 North Killingsworth Street, regarding a fake gold scam.

The victim told police that the two suspects initially came into the store on December 21, 2013, and said they needed to sell some Chinese-style gold ingots for cash. The victim and suspects negotiated a price and the suspects provided a sample for the victim, which tested positive for gold.

After purchasing the ingots, the victim took them to a jewelry store to sell and learned that they were not real gold and were copies of real Chinese-style gold ingots.

The victims lost thousands of dollars in the scam and have heard that other victims in the Chinese community may exist.

The suspects are described as Chinese males, 38 to 45 years old, both approximately 5'4" tall and 150 to 160 pounds, short black hair, and well-dressed. Both suspects speak Mandarin Chinese with a Hunan accent, according to the victim.

Investigators have released a surveillance photo of the suspects as well as a photo of one of the counterfeit Chinese-style gold ingots.

Anyone with information about these suspects or additional victims is asked to contact Detective Liz Cruthers at (503) 823-0272 or elizabeth.cruthers@portlandoregon.gov

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