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Bogus policemen scam foreign couple near airport – Phoenix Sun

A Zimbabwean couple, who arrived at King Shaka International Airport on Monday afternoon, from Harare, intending to purchase a vehicle, was robbed of $8000, by suspects posing as policemen after being pulled over on the side of a road.

They were referred to a car dealership by an aunt, who resided in Washington DC in the USA and had previously dealt with the car sales dealership when she was in South Africa.

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The aunt had made a telephonic arrangement to purchase an orange bakkie for $11, 600 (R184, 315) with the car dealership and transport the vehicle on a car carrier back to Zimbabwe.

The couple had made arrangements to pay for the vehicle in full upon its inspection. Upon landing in Durban, at King Shaka International, the couple were informed by the car dealership that a vehicle had been arranged (Mercedes Benz) to fetch and transport them to the car lot.

The couple then accompanied the driver and noticed another vehicle following them from the airport.

After driving a short distance, the vehicle following the couple switched on blue dash-lights and flagged down the car. Five men exited the vehicle and produced Police Appointment Certificates, identifying themselves as South African Police Service officers.

The policemen then informed the couple that their vehicle had jumped a red traffic light and that they needed to step out of the vehicle.

The bogus policeman then allegedly dropped a 9mm live round bullet on the vehicle floor and informed the couple that they were in unlawful possession of ammunition and that they needed to be searched.

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Upon searching the couple, the suspects removed foreign currency to the value of R127, 114 from the couple’s pockets and informed them that they would receive the money after an investigation and that they needed to proceed to a police station.

The couple were then asked to wait for transportation to the local SAPS on the side of the road, however, while waiting, both vehicles allegedly fled the scene.”

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