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Bend, Oregon - Teens Buy Fake Gold Bars, Sell To Unsuspecting Customers

 
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 Posted 03/23/2017  6:42 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Joe2007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Oregon teens buy fake gold bars, sell as real thing to duped customers
http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-n...old_bar.html


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Bend police have arrested a pair of 17-year-old boys and accused them of selling artificial gold bars as the real thing to unsuspecting customers.

The suspects received over $50,000 in cash and other goods for the artificial gold, according to a Bend Police Department news release. Bend police recovered some of the money used to purchase the artificial gold bars.

The suspects were arrested Tuesday at their homes in Bend and jailed in the Deschutes County Juvenile Department.


I'm not sure whether to be surprised or not by the fact that they found so many willing buyers. So many red flags.
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 Posted 03/23/2017  8:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The most telling part of the story for me:


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the suspects targeted potential customers through Craigslist


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 Posted 03/27/2017  11:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Redzapsid to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Why would anybody buy gold from a teenager on Craigslist? Just silly.
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 Posted 03/27/2017  11:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I bet the "victims" didn't figure out they had been "victimized" until they tried to flip the bars at their local "We Buy Gold" joint.

They never considered that teenagers selling gold bars on Craig's List, probably at below market value, might be a problem. They let pure greed, instead of common sense, make their decision for them.

No telling how many more victims are too embarrassed to admit they were scammed.


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 Posted 05/02/2017  8:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Joe2007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Teen gold bar scam allegedly included fake Rolex watches: Prosecutors are calling on all victims to come forward

http://www.bendbulletin.com/localst...d-fake-rolex

More info on the scheme.
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 Posted 05/03/2017  03:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Unfortunately, these are very likely going to be career crooks.
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 Posted 05/08/2017  1:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add paxbrit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You can't cheat an honest man.
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