Sioux Falls man scammed out of $8,000 in fake jewelry scheme
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Police are investigating after a Sioux Falls man fell victim to a scam where he was conned into paying thousands of dollars for fake jewelry.
The victim was at a gas station near 14th Street and Minnesota Avenue around 6 p.m. Wednesday when he was approached by a man in a white SUV. A woman and child were also in the SUV. According to police spokesperson Sam Clemens, the man in the SUV said he needed cash, and offered the victim a large amount of jewelry in return. He also told the victim he would reimburse him for some the cash at a later point.
After talking in the parking lot for a while, the victim agreed to the plan. The victim led the suspect to his apartment and gave him $8,000 in cash. The suspect gave him the jewels as agreed then left.
The victim later became suspicious, and took the jewels to a pawn shop. He learned the jewelry was fake, and contacted police.
Police are investigating the surveillance camera footage from the gas station where the scammer approached the victim. Clemens said this type of scam has happened before, but is one of the “rarer scams” seen around Sioux Falls.
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