(Last Updated on March 25, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
BINDURA – Police have confirmed the arrest of three fraud suspects in Bindura for allegedly conning innocent members of the public over US$26 000 using fake RTGS transfer confirmation messages.
The three are Collen Chairuka (36), Tatenda Brenda Pangidzwa (34) and Malven Chiyangwa (35).
According to the police, the three were arrested after a trap was set up after the authorities received some information to the effect.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of Collen Chairuka (36), Tatenda Brenda Pangidzwa (34) and Malven Chiyangwa (35) in connection with cases of fraud which occurred in and around Bindura from 10 February 2021 to 14 February 2021.
“Police received information to the effect that the suspects were defrauding members of the public by sending them fake Whatsapp confirmation messages of RTGS money transfers after receiving United States Dollars. A trap was set by the Police who managed to arrest the suspects,” said Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi
“First complainant lost USD 4 100.00 after receiving text message of ZWL 538 000.00 payment to Inscor. Second complainant lost USD 10 000.00 after a fake message of ZWL 1 230 000.00 for alleged Netone. He realised this after Netone Mt Darwin dismissed the alleged payment. The third complainant lost USD 12 000.00 for alleged payment to ZIMRA for vehicle importation duty clearance.”
The law enforcement authorities have urged the public to verify their transactions before parting with hard cash and to desist from dealing with illegal foreign currency dealers.