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Classic sales scam returns to Metro Vancouver

Last Updated Jun 2, 2016 at 7:10 pm PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Slick salesmen selling fake Armani jackets out of the back of their cars have been spotted in West Vancouver.

The Better Business Bureau is reminding us to be smart shoppers as the classic scam returns to Metro Vancouver.

If it sounds too good to be true, it is according to Evan Kelly with the BBB.

He says without a doubt these fraudsters are selling fake Armani products, claiming they’re worth thousands of dollars, and selling them to you for a couple hundred. And these scammers are mostly targeting seniors.

“They’re trying to come up with a story where they say they’re a sales rep leaving the country or they’re an Armani designer heading back to Italy and they just want to get rid of some of the product to avoid taxation at the airport,” explains Kelly.

“They’ll claim that these jackets are worth some $1,400, and the victims, in some cases, will end up buying three or four jackets,” adds Kelly. “It simply doesn’t make any sense.”

Kelly says real businesses don’t operate like that and it’s illegal to buy or sell counterfeit property.

If you see these scammers, or believe you’re a victim of a scam, report it to the BBB.