Scam artists selling fake gold in Halifax, police warn
Suspects approach customers near pizza shops in metro Halifax
Halifax Regional Police are asking for the public's help in tracking down a man and woman accused of swindling thousands of dollars from jewelry buyers looking for a deal.
Const. Pierre Bourdages said officers have gotten calls from at least six dissatisfied customers who are out a combined $10,000 after they bought jewelry from a man and a woman who used Eastern European accents to give a big sales pitch.
The pair reportedly set up shop out of the back of their Volkswagen Golf and approached people at several pizza shops around metro Halifax, telling them they would give them thousands of dollars worth of jewelry at a fraction of the actual value.
Officers said the suspects used "high pressure sales tactics" such as urgency and other sales closing techniques to compel customers to buy their wares before quickly leaving the area.
Much of the jewelry, purported to be gold, turned out to be polished brass instead.
Bourdages said officers want to remind people that all that glitters is not gold.
"We got these reports of these transactions happening at the back of the car late at night," he told CBC News.
"There's nothing really good that could come out of something like this."
Bourdages said investigators are looking for a 2012 Volkswagen Golf with the Quebec licence plate FHS7953. Although the suspects are not believed to be local, investigators believe they are still in the Halifax area.
The woman is described as white and 30 years old with shoulder-length brown hair, and the man is described as white and 30 years old, unshaven with brown hair.