Richmond RCMP warn gold scam scheme may be returning

Richmond, B.C.

2019-11-07 09:45 PST

Richmond RCMP is warning the public about the possible return of the Chinese Gold or Buried Treasure Scam. This particular scam has been ongoing worldwide since approximately 2010. The Richmond RCMP has had two successful investigations, one in 2015 and the other in 2017. Our investigations and discoveries have assisted law enforcement agencies throughout the world.

The Modus Operandi (MO) of the scammers has been consistent throughout the world albeit with slight variations.

Photo of buried treasure scam

Photo of "Chinese Gold"

Recently there have been several reports originating in the United States of the scam becoming popular once again. Authorities in the US have shared this information with the Richmond RCMP in hopes of preventing the resurgence of this scam. The scammers may be using variations on a theme and have been evolving from prior contact with law enforcement agencies.



Release by:

Corporal Dennis Hwang
Richmond RCMP Media Liaison Officer
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