MASERU — A 30-year-old man from Butha-Buthe lost M53 300 to conmen who tricked him into believing that they had magical powers to make money multiply.
The man was conned by six men who promised him that if he gives them some money they could make it multiply within days.
Police spokesperson Masupha Masupha said the suspects first asked for M100 from the victim.
A few days later the suspects gave the victim M1 300.
“The suspects were using the “black money scam” to defraud the victim.
They told the victim that they were short of M90 000 to wash their money that had been destroyed,” Masupha said.
“The victim gave them the first M100 and then they gave him M1 300. He went to the Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL) to check if the money was genuine and it was proven that the notes were real,” he said.
Believing that the transaction is genuine, the victim then gave the suspects M53 300 after a promise that it would multiply to M69 290 000 within days.
“The suspects then disappeared with the victim’s M53 300.”
Police have since arrested four of the suspects.
They are now looking for the two other suspects.
In a separate incident, a 26-year-old man from Sea-Point lost M5 000 to a suspected conman who had promised to sell him a car.
According to a police report the suspect asked the victim to pay the money before he could give him the vehicle registration documents.
He allegedly told the victim that the documents were somewhere in Khubetsoana.
The suspects then took him in his car to get the papers.
In the car were the victim, the suspect and his friend.
On their way to Khubetsoana the driver told the victim that he could not proceed because he had to rush somewhere.
“The suspect said he will be back soon but he never came back.
“That’s when the victim realised that he had been robbed.
“He later reported the scam to the police,” he said.
No arrests have been made.
Masupha warned people not to give out their money to strangers.