Police alerting public to scam targeting gemstone owners, Gemstone Investment Fraud Investigation
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 2:57 PM
Financial Crimes: 416-808-7300
The Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes unit is currently investigating a gemstone investment fraud and would like to speak with other potential victims.
It is reported that:
- representatives using the names "Royal Fine Jewels" as well as "Nygard & Associates" contacted people purporting themselves to be in the business of sales and marketing of fine gems and jewelry
- the individuals who were contacted had originally bought gemstones as an investment from a company no longer in business called Global Royalties Limited
- the individuals who were contacted were promised generous returns on their original gemstone investments and began marketing them with these companies
- during the marketing process opportunities for even greater investment returns were offered by either purchasing additional gemstones or trading in what they already owned for more expensive gemstones wanted by prospective buyers
- individuals victimized by these businesses were eventually told a buyer has been found and to sign sales agreements promising sizable returns on their investments to date
- the sales agreements were never fulfilled, and victims were left with gemstones valued at a fraction of what they were purported to be worth
- victims are unable to contact business representatives because all methods of contact have been disconnected
Anyone who has conducted business with Royal Fine Jewels or Nygard & Associates and believes they may be a victim, or anyone with information on persons representing these companies, is asked to contact Detective Constable Kevin Williams at 416-808-7306, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Kevin Williams, Financial Crimes