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Fake handymen use bag of gold scam to steal $260k

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FLUSHING, Queens — Two men posing as handymen in Queens tricked several victims out of $260,000 by offering to sell them gold.

The men allegedly told their victims they discovered a bag of gold on earlier construction jobs and offer to sell the precious metal to the victims at a discounted price, police said. They show the victims one piece of gold for testing.

The pair first offered gold on July 19, police said. They scammed a 54-year-old man out of $80,000 for the fake gold. The pair also convinced a 60-year-old man to pay $140,000 for the gold on Oct. 3 and scammed a 50-year-old man out of $40,000 on Oct. 5.

Police described the first suspect as about 5-feet 8-inches tall. He was last seen in a gray shirt and jeans. The second man is about 5-feet 7-inches tall. He was last seen in a light color shirt, black pants and white sneakers.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).