Stafford’s Deputy Recovers Stolen Engagement Ring in Internet Scam

STAFFORD COUNTY, VA – A Stafford County woman who advertised a 1-carat diamond engagement ring on the Facebook Marketplace was the victim of an internet scam.

In June, the woman contacted the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office to report the incident. He told the sheriff’s office that a potential buyer promised payment if he shipped the ring overnight to an address in Miami, Florida. He shipped the ring but never received any payment.

The agent assigned to the case, Deputy BA Talbot, was able to trace the ring of a company called Shop2Ship in Miami, the sheriff’s office said Thursday. Working with the Miami Police Department, a suspension was placed in the ring.

After many phone calls, Talbot was able to speak directly to a Shop2Ship employee who located the ring in the company’s warehouse and made arrangements to return it to the Stafford woman.

The suspected internet account was traced to Cambodia, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Many times, the victim is never able to recover the property or money in these types of cases,” the sheriff’s office said Thursday. “However, thanks to the tenacity of deputy BA Talbot, the ring in this case has been recovered.”

The Sheriff’s Office encourages Stafford County residents to take advantage of the Safe Exchange Zone at the Ford T. Humphrey Public Security Building. The secure exchange zone, located in the parking lot at 1225 Courthouse Road, allows people to meet a stranger to buy or sell items.

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