Fake diamond scam claims 3rd victim; police seeking public's help

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  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    March 7, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    Why are we making a big deal out of this? Where's the compassion? These are our sisters. We love them. They are our neighbors and friends. Let's keep families together. Forgive and forget.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    March 7, 2013 8:25 a.m.

    I don't even accept offers of fresh-made tamales in parking lots (food handler's permit???). It's sad what happened to these women (and so far, haven't all the victims been women?), but seriously, what happened to their judgment?

  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    March 6, 2013 6:02 p.m.

    Despite claims, NOBODY deserves to be taken advantage of. It's more than just unfortunate that trust is so easily thrown away. I want to be able to have faith in everyone I deal with but, because I have been used or know of others who have experienced the same or similar adversities, I know I can't. Not that I don't want to, only that I can't afford to. 5 grand is a HARD lesson to learn. It is truly a travesty to see cunning criminals try so hard to ply their wiles against the innocent.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    March 6, 2013 5:51 p.m.

    if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

  • danaslc Kearns, UT
    March 6, 2013 5:19 p.m.

    Amazing. To stupid for words.

  • Darkelf Taylorsville, UT
    March 6, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    oh i agree with callme on this one. do you honestly not believe that a pawn shop wouldnt give you a better deal then a perfect stranger?? for two diamond rings i would be willing to guess that they could of gotten 7k to 9k for them the pawn shop still would have made 3 to 5k profit.

    the people who got taken advantage of didnt use the brains god gave them. they were greed and got what they deserved. and if it was a family member i would be saddened. but still have the same stance.

  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    March 6, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    It's hard to believe that these women found such gullible people with thousands of dollars sitting around willing to just hand it over for a diamond without verifying it's value! I wonder how many times they were turned away before finding someone who believed them. Sad that people like them only make it harder for the truly needy to be helped. I've been taken by someone in a parking lot asking for gas money ($5), but $5000 is something else!

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    March 6, 2013 2:08 p.m.

    Anybody who has that much money in their bank account should know how hard that money was to save. They should also know that money goes faster then it comes so why loan it to a stranger without having the merchandise examined first. I don't get it. If it was a couple hundred then fine, but $5,000?? I would have the diamonds examined first, and when the woman refuses to let me do that I know it is a scam. It is not that hard.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    I'm going to guess this person is in the country illegally. People who comitting crimes usually have a history of committing crimes. Typically once a criminals, always a criminal.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 6, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    Who buys a $5,000 diamond in a parking lot?

  • callmeishmael Bountiful, UT
    March 6, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    The primary crime being committed here is that law enforcement resources are being diverted to help extraordinarily stupid or naive victims. Anyone dumb enough to fall for this scam deserves to have their money taken.