MASVINGO – Cheeky fraudsters suspected to be from Harare have allegedly swindled two foreign currency vendors at Exor Service Station in Masvingo of R60 000 after giving them fake US$4 000.
The incident happened at 10am on Tuesday.
Masvingo Police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa was said to be in a meeting at the time of writing the story.
It never rained but poured for the vendors as they were arrested for breaching lockdown regulations and made to pay a fine of RTGS$500 each when they went to report the case at Masvingo Central Police Station.
The four unidentified suspects sped off in a brand-new white Ford Ranger registration AEX 1675 along Gutu Road.
Sources told The Mirror that the money changers engaged the suspects who did not disembark from the vehicle. They vendors were given US$4 000 in exchange of R60 000. The men sped off as the vendors were still counting the US$4 000.
“They sped off and by the time the money changers realised that the money was fake, the Ford Ranger was out of sight. They tried to pursue the vehicle but lost track of it along Gutu-Chivhu Road,” said a source.
The suspects first drove into town where they changed R51 000 for US$3 125 before going to Exor.
A dealer who was in town grew suspicious and captured their car’s registration number. One of them offered to leave him R30 000 which they would collect in US$ at a later date. https://masvingomirror.com