A widely-ciruculated video posted online over the weekend purportedly shows a con artist get caught red handed in her attempt to pull of a "gold ring" scam.
The video, which had amassed over two-hundred thousand views at the time of publication, was uploaded to YouTube by an individual who claims he has been "targeted for this scam over the years" and "witnessed it being repeatedly penetrated on others."
"I decided to try and record it happening," the individual said in the video's description. "I managed to do so with this entertaining if somewhat educational warning video."
According to the video, in Paris, France scam artists pretend to discover supposed gold rings.
"They'll offer and then give the ring to a 'lucky' tourist and pretend as though they're going to walk away but then turn around and ask for something in return," the video explains, "hoping that either greed or compassion on the tourist's part will take hold and they'll give the scammer some money in exchange for the valuable 'gold' ring they've just received."
The individual in the video, however, turned the table on an alleged scammer and recorded the entire exchange.
"Hang on a second. Let's see, is it gold? I don't know if it's gold enough," he told the woman after she presented him a ring.
He then used a tool to break a chunk off the ring.
"No, no — I don't think it's gold," he told her.
"No?" the woman asked.
"Take it and eat it," she then told the man before storming off. "You eat it."
The man who captured the footage wrote, "[It] is the best exchange I've caught so far."
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