Po­lice warn mo­bile trans­fer agents over fake US$ notes

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PO­LICE in Bu­l­awayo have warned mo­bile cash trans­fer agents that fraud­sters us­ing fake notes are on the prowl.

The fraud­sters have fake $20, $50 and $100 notes.

Act­ing Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Garikai Chip­funde said the fraud­sters are tar­get­ing mo­bile cash trans­fer agents.

“The fraud­sters are tar­get­ing Eco­cash, Tele­cash and One Wal­let agents.They ap­proach the un­sus­pect­ing agents in the guise of mak­ing trans­ac­tions. In the mid­dle of the process, the fraud­sters would then pre­tend to have re­ceived an ur­gent phone call which would re­quire them to promptly stop the trans­ac­tion. They would then im­me­di­ately re­turn and de­mand their money back re­sult­ing in the agent un­know­ingly swap­ping their fake notes with his or her gen­uine notes,” he said.

Asst Insp Chip­funde urged mo­bile cash trans­fer agents to use notes ver­i­fi­ca­tion ma­chines.

“We would like also to ad­vise shop own­ers and money trans­fer agents to use money de­tec­tors on every trans­ac­tions even if it in­volves the same client sev­eral times to en­sure that they check and ver­ify that the money they re­ceive from po­ten­tial clients is gen­uine and also note down all rel­e­vant de­tails of their clients,” said Asst Insp Chip­funde. — @nqot­shili

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