Police: Scammers sold fake gold to Chinese business

Police: Scammers sold fake gold to Chinese business
Police released this surveillance photo of the suspects.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police are looking for two men who they said sold fake gold to at least one Chinese business in the Portland area.

Police said the owner of the Vieng Lao Oriental Food Center, located at 1032 N. Killingsworth St., contacted them about a fake gold scam on Jan. 5.

The owner told police that the suspects came to the store on Dec. 21 and said they needed to sell Chinese-style gold ingots for cash. The suspects gave the owner a sample, which they said tested positive for gold.

According to police, the victim bought the ingots (photo at right) and took them to a jewelry store, where they learned they were fake.

The victims lost thousands of dollars in the scam, police said. They since learned there may be other victims in the Chinese community.

The suspects are described as Chinese men who are between 38 and 45 years old. They are about 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 150 pounds. They both had short, black hair and were well dressed.

The victim told officers the two men spoke Mandarin Chinese with a Hunan accent.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call Detective Liz Cruthers at 503-823-0272.