Fake gold scam reported in Harrisonburg

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A Shenandoah Valley business is sending a message of caution about a jewelry scam they say is leaving people out of a lot of money.

The Coin & Gift Shop said on multiple occasions, people have brought in what they believed to be gold rings and necklaces that turned out to be fake.

The jewelry was sold to them at a service station by someone pretending to be in desperate need of money, according to Gloria Messerley with the shop.

"Their kids may be crying, they say they're hungry, they need gas, they've lost their wallet. But it's a scam. It's not true, so be careful," said Messerley.

Police said they were working on a case in the city regarding fake gold being sold.

Messerley said some of the gold is convincing, even with stamps that signify their purity.

"If you know a little bit about gold, sometimes you can tell if its real by just touching it or looking at it," said Messerley. "This looks good, but it's not."

Police said if you are approached by what you believe to be a fake jewelry scam, contact them immediately and try to get the person's license plate number.