November 7th, 2018 - A St. Thomas resident was recently the victim of a jewellery
scam that ended with him being defrauded of $80.
The man was on the front lawn of his East Street residence when two men driving
a white Mercedes van approached him.
The men explained in broken english that they needed money for gas to get back to
Toronto. One of the men offered to leave his ring and bracelet with the victim as
collateral in return for $80 cash. The men then agreed to return the next day and
pay the debt and retrieve the jewellery. The jewellery was inspected by the victim
and appeared to be worth more than the $80 loan making it seem reasonable that the
men would want to return and collect the ring and bracelet.
While the victim went into his house to get the money the suspects swapped out the
jewellery with worthless pieces.
The men left with the cash and never returned. The victim realized he had been scammed
the next day when he looked at the jewellery again and realized it was fake.
One of the men is described as late 20’s with curly dark hair and scruffy facial
The second man is described as older, dark receding hairline with scruffy facial
Both men indicated that they were Arabian from Kuwait during conversation with the
If you have any information about his fraud, please contact STPS at 519-631-1224
www.stps.on.ca or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS www.stthomascrimestoppers.ca
And remember, the more you know about scams the less likely you are to become a
victim. For the latest information on scams visit the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre