Increasing incidents of theft and fraud have become a common problem for jewelers. The jewelers’ shopkeepers said the thieves, who used to visit the shops alone, are now in groups and that the scammers are trying to trick the shopkeepers with gold plated that doesn’t look real.
As the value of gold, known as the safest investment tool, increases day by day, jewelers are also taking their own precautions against fraud and theft. Some Kocaeli jewelers, who were previously the victims of scammers and thieves, are now acting more consciously.
Nuriye Altaş, a jeweler shopkeeper, who claimed that the most common method for thieves was to “distract attention”, said the thieves came to the store as few people, while one person was interested in the product, while the other committed the theft.
“WE CHECK IF THE GRAMMA GROUP IS KEPT”
Stating that some people are trying to sell fake gold, Altaş said: “There are products with fixed grams. For example, quarter, republic, Reşat gold. First, we check their weight when we take it in our hands. Then it is. We put on the scale and check if its weight is correct. When necessary we bring the gold to the counter. We try to get the sound it makes. Inside the bracelets there are patents, we look at the guarantee. With such methods, we try to find out if the gold is fake.In cases where we are not sure about the check we have done with our hands, we try to understand if it is gold by rubbing it on the stone with carat water.If in doubt, we send it to the workshops and merge it with the In this way, we understand if the substance it contains is gold or not, “he said.
“THEY TRIED TO STEAL THE PRODUCT HIDING IT IN A NAPKIN”
Noting that he had suffered many thefts before, Altaş said: “The thieves, who took advantage of my distraction, tried to catch them by hiding a bracelet behind the wallet. Apart from that, they put a bag on the counter and tried to buy. the products in front of our friends blocking their view. They tried to steal the product by hiding it on a napkin in their hand or by throwing it into their shirt “.
“WHEN THE PRODUCT IS BURNT, IT IS A COATING”
Another jeweler, Sergen Kavartkurt, said thieves recently used the gold plating method. Kavartkurt said: “In order not to understand the plating, the adjustment on the lock part is usually checked while the products are under the grip test. Our staff can be wrong, but later, when the product is burned, it turns out to be a coating. . However, we have many staff members who get it wrong by looking at the lock. The elders of this industry can tell at a glance whether they have received a fake gold or not. “There are very good coatings, so to understand them, they need to undergo a grip test and being burned in the workshop, “he said.
Stating that thieves now travel in groups, Kavartkurt said: “Lately thieves have been trying to confuse staff by acting like customers by coming in groups rather than alone.”
“THEY DESIGN WHEN THE STORE IS BUSY”
Noting that they treat every person who comes to the shop as a customer, but are now more careful due to the growing incidents of fraud and theft, Osman Öztürk said: “The thieves who come to the shop disguised as customers are a bit obvious. we usually take advantage of that opportunity when the shop is very busy or when we turn our backs. “
“THE LAST TIME THEY ARE MAKING A BEAUTIFUL COVERING”
Stating that he has been making jewelry for many years, Öztürk said: “I have been doing this craft since my childhood. Everyone is fooled, I am not fooled easily, but lately they usually do the coating very well. No matter how wealthy the jeweler is, when it does. look for the first time, it is hard to tell by its weight, color, voice. Mihenk We have stones, we can at least tell if it is gold on the outside by rubbing it on it. But lately they have been coated very well. The inside is fake. It is not easily understood anywhere in Anatolia, it can only be understood in chemistry laboratories, “he added.