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Hillsboro man helps police arrest man who sold him faux gold

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Mohammed Al Sheikhly says he help police arrest a 26-year-old man who sold him three gold bars that turned out to be fake. (KPTV) Mohammed Al Sheikhly says he help police arrest a 26-year-old man who sold him three gold bars that turned out to be fake. (KPTV)
Joshua Lee Scott, booking photo. Joshua Lee Scott, booking photo.
HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) -

A 26-year-old man was arrested after he sold three gold bars to a man in Hillsboro that turned out to be fake.

Mohammed Al Sheikhly said he came across an ad on OfferUp about a month ago, three ounces of gold for $1,800. That price, according to Beaverton police, is cheap compared to the market price of an ounce of gold -- about $1,300.

“I thought it was cheap, you know, so that's why I decided to go for it,” Sheikhly said.

According to Sheikhly, the seller was looking for about $1,200 to pay his rent. He claimed his grandma would buy him the bars every year so he could go to school.

The seller, who went by Joshua Allen, turned out to be 26-year-old Joshua Lee Scott. 

Sheikhly said the transaction was fast. They met downtown. Soon after, Sheikhly said he brought the bars to a local jeweler and was told they were worthless.

“People tend to see what they want to see rather than what is there," gold specialist Oscar Morante said.

Morante showed FOX 12 a number of tests to see if gold is fake. After seeing the photos of the seemingly flawless yet faux gold bars, he admitted they looked pretty real.

“Somebody needs to go through a lot of effort to make that fake," said Morante.

Sheikhly said, soon after, Scott deleted everything from his OfferUp account, but he still had his phone number.

“Something come in my mind, I said, 'hey I’m traveling if you have extra for sale I would love to buy it,'” said Sheikhly.

On Friday, he met up with Scott in the Home Depot parking lot near Highway 26. Upon arriving, he realized Scott was already there. 

While on the phone with police, a nearby officer pulled into the lot and Sheikhly waved him down. He took a video of the moment Scott was arrested.

“It's kind of hard when you see people working and make money and then give it to those people," said Sheikhly.

Sheikhly was able to get his money back. 

Scott was issued a citation to appear in court. He is being charged with theft by deception. 

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