Theres no gold on the internet

COFFS Coast pawnbrokers and second-hand goods dealers are warned against trading in gold and other precious metals on the internet or the post.

The NSW Police Pawnbrokers Unit has issued the alert to the industry statewide, urging dealers to comply with legislation restricting the trade of stolen goods. Trade of gold and other precious metals on the internet and through the mail is illegal under the Pawnbrokers and Second Hand Dealers Act.

“Trading gold and other precious metals without face-to-face interaction with a customer can assist in the trade of stolen goods,” said the manager of the Pawnbrokers Unit, Inspector Kelly Kortlepel.

“It is an illegal activity and police will be cracking down on traders who fail to comply with our direction to cease trading via internet and mail services.”

Police urge anyone with information about the trade of gold or precious metals via the internet and mail services to contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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