May 2, 2021

Why is there is a rise in fake jewelry scams in Sioux Falls?

Sioux Falls has seen a rise in people selling fake jewelry for cash in the past week, Sioux Falls Police Department officials say. 

In the previous week, police have dealt with three reports of residents being sold fake jewelry, according to department spokesman Sam Clemens. Police believe all three cases are related. 

On April 21, a white SUV approached a man in the parking lot of a gas station in central Sioux Falls, Clemens said. The occupants told the man they had fallen on hard times and offered jewelry in exchange for money to get back home. 

The suspects ended up driving away with about $8,000, Clemens said. Two other cases were reported with the victims giving a few hundred dollars in cash to the suspect. 

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How common is the fake jewelry scam?

“It is a lot more common than you would think,” said Jim Cheskey, owner of Action Pawn and Gun in Sioux Falls.