Friday, December 23, 2016

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service


Friday, December 23, 2016

Fraud Investigation – R16-95972
The Winnipeg Police Service Pawn Unit became aware of a series of suspicious transactions that had occurred on November 30, 2016, at a number of pawn shops and gold buyers within the City of Winnipeg. An investigation was undertaken, and as a result, it was determined that police in other Canadian cities were investigating similar incidents where a suspect pawned or sold counterfeit, one-ounce gold bars.
In Winnipeg, six bars were exchanged for an amount just less than $5,000. The bars were bearing either Perth Mint or PAMP(Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux – Switzerland) stamps.
An image of a similar bar and packaging is attached. The bar and the packaging appear to be very high-quality counterfeits.
The Winnipeg Police Service is cautioning that anyone contemplating purchasing a similar bar to take extra steps to ensure their authenticity.

For further information contact either:
 Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer
 Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
 Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

 Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:

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