walking to your car in the parking lot of a casino and a nice, well
dressed middle aged lady approaches you, removes a heavy gold chain
from her neck and offers to sell it to you for a hundred bucks. She
tells you that she just lost the money that her husband had given her
to put in the bank and needs to try to win it back.
You look at
the chain and it is stamped 18K and is easily worth ten times the
amount that this desperate compulsive gambler is asking. Should you
buy it? If you do you will probably be the third mark she has
suckered that night. Shes not a compulsive gambler and the 18K chain
is not real either.
chains that are stamped 14K and 18K can be bought on the Internet
now. They even come in great looking counterfeit jewelry boxes as
well. How do you avoid being taken by this scam? Its simple. Don't
buy gold jewelry from strangers off the street, because without
exception in will be a fake.
jewelry is counterfeited now with an authentic stamp on it and that
goes for any type of designer jewelry. Another common item that is
passed off as being the genuine article is fake Rolex watches. It too
may come in a box and will also always come with some type of story
of how the seller is in desperate need of quick cash.
How can you
tell a fake Rolex from the genuine article? Its simple, because the
second hand on a fake Rolex will move with a "tick" while
the second hand on a real Rolex
"sweeps" smoothly. If the seller of any jewelry is
unwilling to go to a jeweler to have the piece looked at before you
buy it then you can bet it is a fake.