(THUNDER BAY, ONT) – Fake jewellery scams have been occurring more and more in the surrounding areas of Kenora and Thunder Bay.
A local couple was flagged down by a man in a white mini van on the highway leading out of town, according to our anonymous source. The man had a broken French accent and seemed very nice.
The man explained that he had just ran out of gas. He cannot call a tow truck because his bank card isn’t working and all of the banks have been closed.
The man asked if he could have some cash for gas and food, in exchange he would give them his 18K gold ring.
The local couples first instincts were to help out this man and his family. The couple decided to walk away and discuss what to do.
They remembered hearing about a fake jewellery scam going on around town. They felt that the story didn’t seem right.
After declining the mans offer, the couple were able to get the licence plate number of the mini van.
A couple kms down the highway the couple pulled over once they got cell service to call the police and report this situation.
While on the phone with the OPP the white van that was supposedly out of gas, drove by with the man and his family inside.
Please be very cautious of people offering their jewellery for cash. There have been a lot of reports about this scam happening in the city.
Always report any situations of fraud/scams to our Thunder Bay Police or OPP.