Vernon police warn of merchandise scam

If the person wants to sell you merchandise out of a vehicle in a parking lot, you might want to think twice before buying

If the person wants to sell you merchandise out of a vehicle in a parking lot, you might want to think twice before buying.

RCMP are again warning the residents of the North Okanagan to be careful and suspicious because, over the past few weeks, individuals have been around Vernon asking people if they want to by 18 carat gold necklaces at a very reduced price.

A number of people who bought the items have gone to check out the true value only to learn they are a good fake and are nowhere near the value of what the buyer has paid for the item.

“Each year we have people who arrive in our communities and sell items like stereos, and other electronic equipment and jewelry from vehicles,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“The reason for this is they are there to make a quick dollar off some unsuspecting person looking for a bargain. In all likelihood they do not have a business license to sell in the community either.”

Usually the buyer will soon discover the item they bought is not close the value of the item they were told it was or expected it to be.

“And by the time they learn this fact, the sellers have left town not to be found, taking your hard earned money with them,” said Molendyk.

The police want to remind people that just because it is a bargain it might not be as good as it sounds.

If you shop at a regular business you have some recourse to get customer service or return the item if not satisfied.