Police: Diamond scam targets Latina women

Police: Diamond scam targets Latina women

Police: Diamond scam targets Latina women

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Posted on April 18, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:49 AM

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Two people scammed a woman out of $1,500 by selling her a fake diamond in Beaverton, and police have linked the suspects to similar events in Medford and in Utah.

The suspects approached the Beaverton victim outside the Goodwill store on Northwest Cornell Road on April 1, said Sgt. Mike Rowe of the Beaverton Police Department.

One suspect claimed she had found a suitcase full of diamonds and the other later approached and pretended to take the diamonds for appraisal. When the second suspect, who went by the name "Ester," returned, she said one of the diamonds was worth $30,000, Rowe said.

The victim went to her bank and withdrew $1,500 to pay "Ester" for the diamond, believing the two were splitting the cost and would later share a large profit, Rowe added. When "Ester" failed to show up later at a meeting spot, the victim had the diamond appraised and found out it was worthless glass.

The first suspect (pictured, above left) was described a Hispanic woman, about 5-foot-5, 170 lbs, with short black hair pulled into a ponytail, dark eyes and a freckled face.

"Ester" (pictured, above right) was described as a Hispanic woman, about 5-foot-2, 140 lbs, with red hair and brown eyes. She was caught on surveillance cameras at the victim's bank (pictured, below).

"The two suspects that we have provided information on have been linked to similar diamond scams in Medford, Oregon, on April 16, 2013, and the Utah area during the month of February, 2013," Rowe said. "It seems that they are only targeting Latina women."

Anyone with information was asked to call Beaverton police at (503) 629-0111.

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