July 16, 2020 Media Release

Public Advisory – Fraud Investigation: E20-15597

The Winnipeg Police Service has recently received a report of an incident where a member of the public was approached and offered gold jewellery for sale. After completing the transaction, the victim had the jewellery appraised and discovered the gold was fake.

During the evening of July 8, 2020, a 24-year-old male was walking in the 3500 block of Portage Avenue when a man in a vehicle approached him. The suspect provided a fictitious story about needing money to help travel with his family to the Halifax area and displayed what he claimed was gold worth between $5,000 and $10,000. After hearing the story, the Good Samaritan offered to assist and purchased a significant number of gift cards for the suspect in exchange for the gold.

The victim has since learned that the gold jewellery provided to him was fake gold. As a result of the incident, police were notified, and members of the Financial Crime Unit are investigating.

Members of the public are requested to use caution when approached in this manner.

Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca