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Conmen strike again: Swindle K20,000

BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi
CONMEN have continued swindling unsuspecting members of the public out of their hard-earned money through bogus transactions with the latest victim being a Solwezi taxi driver who has lost K20,000.
The 27-year-old man of College area in Solwezi has been swindled out of the cash in a bogus car sale.
Mr Richard Kantolomba was swindled last week on Thursday by a man from the Copperbelt who advertised a Toyota RunX car for sale in a newspaper.
He said in an interview yesterday that after seeing the advert he got interested in buying the car and got the contact details for the man with whom he communicated for a number of days to negotiate the price.
Mr Kantolomba said the vendor agreed to sell him the car at K20,000 from the initial K22,000.
“We agreed that I travel to the Copperbelt and the man told me to meet him at Chambishi turn-off,” he said.
Mr Kantolomba said after arriving in Chambishi, he met the man and they went to the council offices where he paid him the money for the car.
“I paid K20,000 cash and after giving him the money he told me that we wait for the car because someone had gone with it to Ndola but was on his way back,” a tearful Mr Kantolomba narrated.
He said around 15:00 hours the car seller asked him to wait for him at the council and told him that he was going to see his wife in town to give her the money for the vehicle.
“But he went for good and switched off his phone and his contact number is 0969819640,” Mr Kantolomba said.
He said he waited for the man at the council until around 19:30 hours when he decided to leave the place.
Mr Kantolomba said he returned to Solwezi the following morning and reported the matter to Solwezi Central Police Station, where he was promised that the matter would be pursued.
On Wednesday a police crack squad cornered five suspected conmen and women at the Zambia Daily Mail head office in Lusaka, where they had gone to advertise plots and land.
Several people have been swindled out of thousands of Kwacha in similar bogus transactions.




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