Not only emails, it is tried with fake money as well.
Men arrested for ‘dollar scam’
A NIGERIAN and a Tanzanian have been arrested in Port Elizabeth in connection with an alleged $2-million “black dollar” scam, involving possession of fake dollar notes.
Chukwuma Okafor, 34, of Nigeria and his Tanzanian co-accused, Stephen Idd Muro, 33, both without fixed address in Port Elizabeth, appeared briefly in the North End court yesterday.
They were not asked to plead and no evidence was led. They were arrested in a trap set up by the police near the airport. Police spokesman Andre Beetge said members of the commercial branch had received a tip-off about the activities of members of the alleged syndicate. Aparently a police officer was shown a sample of a $100-bill before the arrest of the two men.
The State alleges that Okafor and Muro, and a third man who got away, led an undercover officer to believe they had more than $2-million in a safe at the Port Elizabeth harbour. Apparently the deal was that the undercover police officer pay Okafor and Muro R8 000 before they could release the money, which was in a ship at the harbour. “After the scam was uncovered, the police found lots of blank papers placed in between the fake notes, creating the impression that the whole safe contained US dollars,” said Beetge.
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