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Silver Selling Scam

By: Julile Montanaro

It started with a man claiming he wanted to sell his grandmother's silver.

Now Tallahassee Police say Michael Dillman is behind bars. He is accused of selling five sets of silver to antique shops and gold buyers all over town. They paid between $550 and $1,400 a piece.

As it turns out, none of the silver was real. Police say it was silver plated with a bogus stamp on it.

"There was a stamp on it that said sterling, but when I examined it closer it looked like it had just been added so, low and behold, it was fake," Paul Shalako, Memory Lane Antiques, said.

Memory Lane Antiques was one of five shops police say Dillman scammed. They say Dillman pocketed nearly $9,000 in two days.

Police say when he was arrested, Dillman had seven more sets of silverware in the car all stamped with that same stamp that said "sterling".


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