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Jaipur shopkeeper dupes US woman into paying ?6 crore for jewellery. It was actually worth ?300

Jun 11, 2024 05:40 PM IST

A US woman paid ?6 crore for what she thought was real gold jewellery. It turned out to be artificial jewellery worth ?300.

A Jaipur-based shopkeeper has been accused of scamming an American woman into paying ?6 crore for artificial jewellery that was actually worth a mere ?300. According to a report in the Economic Times, the US woman, named Cherish, paid the staggering amount for several pieces of jewellery purchased from a shop in Johri Bazaar in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

A US woman was scammed into buying fake jewellery for <span class='webrupee'>?</span>6 crore. (Representational image)
A US woman was scammed into buying fake jewellery for ?6 crore. (Representational image)

However, what the American woman assumed to be real gold ornaments were actually fake pieces with gold polish.

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The scam came to light when Cherish displayed the pieces at an exhibition in the US in April this year. Upon discovering that she had been duped, she flew down to India to confront the shop owner, identified as one Gaurav Soni, reported NDTV.

The US woman filed a complaint with Jaipur Police and also sought the help of the US embassy in the matter.

In her complaint filed on May 18, Cherish told the police that she came into contact with Soni through Instagram in 2022. Over two years, she bought several pieces of jewellery from him. Believing that she was buying real gold ornaments, she paid over ?6 crore for the pieces. However, reports suggest that the real value of the fake jewellery could be closer to ?300.

Gaurav Soni is currently on the run along with his father, Rajendra Soni. Efforts are on to trace the father-son duo. Meanwhile, the person accused of providing authenticity certificates for the fake jewellery has been arrested.

“Investigations have revealed that the accused sold silver jewellery with gold polish, valued at ?300, to the foreigner for ?6 crore. They also provided her with a certificate of authenticity. Nand Kishore, who issued the fake certificate, has been arrested, and a search is underway for the absconding father and son,” Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police North Bajrang Singh Shekhawat said.

(Also Read: Woman with ?41 in bank account dupes luxury hotel in Delhi of around ?6 lakh)

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