High-quality counterfeit gold bars sold in Winnipeg and other Canadian cities, police say
Six bars were exchanged in Winnipeg for just under $5,000
If you're planning on buying gold bars anytime soon, Winnipeg police are advising extra caution after a series of "suspicious transactions" at locations in the city.
The transactions took place on Nov. 30 at a number of pawn shops and gold buyers, police said, involving the sale or pawning of counterfeit one-ounce gold bars.
Six of the bars were exchanged in Winnipeg for just under $5,000.
City police said officers in other Canadian cities also investigated similar incidents.
Police said the bars and packaging were very high-quality counterfeits.
They were bearing either Perth Mint or PAMP (Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux — Switzerland) stamps.
Police say anyone purchasing a similar bar should take extra steps to ensure its authenticity.