Three arrested for fraud
13 Apr 2016 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 13 APR (NAMPA) - The City Police arrested three men on Tuesday for fraud.
The three allegedly falsely advertised the sale of a vehicle and solicited money from an individual who responded to the advertisement published in a local newspaper on Monday.
The advertisement indicated that a 4x4 Toyota Hillux (2000 model) with a canopy, tow bar and roll bar, and mileage of 180 000 kilometres was for sale for N.dollars 93 000.
An interested person responded to the advertisement by calling the number provided. The individual was then informed that he had to provide a deposit of N.dollars 20 000 in order to get the vehicle, and the money was then deposited into a First National Bank (FNB) account on Tuesday morning.
The account was, however, under surveillance by the bank as complaints had been received earlier this year that the same account had been used to carry out dubious activities.
Two other people deposited large sums of money into that account after responding to false advertisements in January and February, respectively.
The FNB Katutura Branch alerted the police about the activity in that account, and once the suspects showed up at the bank to claim the money over the counter, they were arrested at about 12h00 on Tuesday.
The City Police further stated that the suspects - aged 33, 35 and 44 - have been charged with fraud.
Police also indicated that the account, in which the money was deposited, does not belong to any of the suspects.