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Fake Diamond Scam Proves Profitable for Thieves

A couple of thieves are on the loose following a fake diamond scam they’ve pulled with some unsuspecting victims.

Photo: Steve Jurvetson

Photo: Steve Jurvetson

Don’t Buy Candy–or Diamonds–From Strangers

The most recent incident took place in West Valley City, where a woman was approached by two other women with the story that they needed money for their family members who’d been in an accident. They convinced the woman to purchase a diamond for $5000, but the diamond turned out to be a fake.

This scam came on the heels of another event where a woman in an Orem shopping mall was asked to purchase a diamond. That woman did pay $8000 for a diamond, only to later discover it was made of glass. The description of the “saleslady” in Orem matches the description of one of the two women in West Valley City.

If caught, the women in these cases might be charged with theft by deception, which involves obtaining control over someone else’s property by deception and with the plan to deprive the other person of his property. Utah law notes that theft by deception does not occur when there is only:

• Falsity concerning matters having no monetary significance or
• Puffing (exaggerated commendation of items or worth) by statements unlikely to deceive an ordinary person in the group addressed

A word to the wise: don’t buy anything from a stranger if you’re not sure you are getting what you’ve paid for. Girl Scouts selling cookies are pretty obvious; however, the salespeople in these cases were a long way from being Girl Scouts.

We’re here to help if you have been arrested or are being investigated for committing a crime. It’s a good idea to talk to a Utah criminal defense attorney if you are in legal trouble; having expert advice can make all the difference. Make the right call today.

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