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Mexican Silver

How the scam works:

Did you ever notice that wherever you travel the jewelry is much cheaper than wherever you live? And it just happens that you really find a good deal? Well, that’s because the scammers know the tourists’ mindset inside out.

If you are in Mexico and you find a beautiful silver necklace for $40, you are getting ripped off. “It’s real sterling”, you might hear. “Look at the hallmark, it’s officially marked as sterling silver 925”. What you actually get is an alloy that will lose its shine weeks or months later.

How to avoid:

Don’t fall for the hallmark seen on the hook of the jewel. If they can make a fake necklace, rest assured they could mark whatever they want on it. Don’t buy silver if you are in Mexico, especially from the corner shops.

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