Local Jewelry Stores Bust Gold Nugget Dealer After They Remember It’s Not 1849

themansellinggoldnuggetsinbluespringsSince we seem to be in full-on swindler coverage today, here’s another delightful story: Blue Springs jewelry stores, presumably already reeling from the recession (and from a total lack of disposable income in the eastern suburbs anyway), have been warned not to fall for a scam hitting their humble burg. Seems a dealer of — ahem — gold nuggets is dropping by local pawn shops and jewelry dealers and trying to sell them said nuggets. No word yet on where he parked his dogsled after the ride down from the Yukon.

Police are looking for a man who is targeting Kansas City area jewelry stores and pawn shops trying to sell fake gold nuggets.

Police said the man sold fake gold nuggets to Kennedy’s Jewelry, at 900 S.W. 7 Highway, on July 31 for $7,000. At some point after the owner had verified that the nuggets were real, the individual was able to switch them for fake nuggets.

The jewelry store owner paid the man $4,000 in cash and $3,000 in jewelry for the nuggets.

So… a guy shows up at your store peddling gold nuggets and you offer him seven large? What year do you think this is? Did he also offer you a stake in U.S. Steel? Maybe drop off one of William Randolph Hearst’s fine publications? Tell you that there’s money to be made in Batista’s Cuba? Again, our sympathy is found wanting.

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2 responses to “Local Jewelry Stores Bust Gold Nugget Dealer After They Remember It’s Not 1849

  1. Duncan Hill

    Many people buy and sell gold nuggets – take a look at Ebay for a start. People find them interesting souvenirs or talking points. And of course you can always melt them down for ingots, bars or rounds. And what’s it got to do with 1849? I don’t get that.

  2. Placer gold nugget mining is alive and well all along the west coast of north america. I persoanlly sell all sorts of copper, gold and platinum nuggets i find in the creeks around my home near princeton b.c. canada

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