Be­ware of con men coin­ing it

Talk of the Town - - News - CON­CERNED RES­I­DENT

I WOULD like to warn Port Al­fred res­i­dents of two con men who go door to door of­fer­ing to buy old coins and jew­ellery.

We were hood­winked by these two last Satur­day. They came to our guest­house, one do­ing all the talk­ing and the other sit­ting in the car. They parked out of view so we didn’t get a clear view of the car.

My hus­band has old coins that he would like to sell, so there was an in­ter­est for us, by hap­pen­stance. The man bought some of my old jew­ellery and said he would re­turn the fol­low­ing day to pur­chase more jew­ellery he was in­ter­ested in, as well as the coins, which he said were very valu­able.

He re­turned the next day with a cake and seemed very friendly. He was very per­sua­sive and asked my hus­band to clean his coins so he could bet­ter eval­u­ate them.

Then the man asked me if I had a gold neck­lace and said he had a pro­ce­dure in­volv­ing two plas­tic con­tain­ers and a blue gel which could make sil­ver look gold.

I obliged be­cause I wanted to be friendly, but I must ad­mit I was anx­ious about my gold neck­lace.

So he put two sil­ver neck­laces in the one con­tainer with the sub­stance and the gold one with di­a­monds in the other one, with a pipe be­tween them.

While dis­tract­ing me ask­ing for cof­fee and ear­buds and cot­ton wool, he said it would take 20 min­utes for the process to work.

While I was in the kitchen mak­ing cof­fee, he also asked for cof­fee for his driver and then said he had to fetch some­thing from his car. At that point, I ran to the con­tain­ers and my gold neck­lace and the car was gone.

The con man who did all the talk­ing, has a very dis­tin­guish­ing fea­ture – he has four gold-plated front teeth.

I have opened a case at the po­lice sta­tion.

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