Con artists nabbed with fake gemstones

14 Jan 2015 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JAN (NAMPA) - Four men were arrested by the City Police on Wednesday after trying to buy a vehicle with a fake diamond.
The conmen went to a local car dealer to buy a Toyota single-cab pick-up vehicle, and requested to take the vehicle for a test drive before they make any purchase.
The suspects tried to convince the dealer to accept a ‘diamond’ as payment, a diamond they claimed had more value than the actual value of the vehicle on sale.
The salesman became suspicious when the ‘buyers’ started to grow impatient while insisting to take the vehicle out for a drive.
He immediately alerted the police who then arrested the suspects.
City Police officers found more fake precious stones in the back of a vehicle belonging to the suspects.
City Police Senior Superintendent Gerry Shikesho told Nampa upon enquiry on Wednesday that such stones hold no value, and are also used by conmen to scam people looking for rare gemstones.
He said the suspects will be charged with theft under false pretences.
Shikesho cautioned residents to be vigilant of con artists, citing City Police statistics indicating the mushrooming of con artists this time of the year when schools open and people are looking for accommodation to rent and placement in schools for children.
He said some fraudsters pretend to be part of a school's administration staff and promise enrolment at such schools in exchange for money.
Shikesho said they will go to extremes to solicit money out of any one, even using falsified documents.