Since 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.