Businessman loses US$15k to a Facebook fraudster
A BUSINESSMAN lost US$15 000 to a Facebook fraudster who posed as an agent who could buy trucks on his behalf in the United Kingdom.
Dyson Dzapasi appeared in court yesterday charged with fraud. Allegations are that in January last year, Dzapasi placed an advertisement on Facebook, using a UK number, claiming that he was based in the UK and was selling trucks.
The complainant, the director of Unigold Solar installations, contacted Dzapasi, who advised him that he had a crane truck he was selling for US$15000.
He forwarded the pictures of the truck. Dzapasi allegedly provided a Natwest Bank account number and instructed the complainant to deposit the money.
The complainant instructed one, Mapondera Chiweshe, who is based in the UK, and owed him US$10000, to deposit the money into the bank account.
Chiweshe transferred the money and Dzapasi confirmed receipt and advised the complainant to pay the balance to his brother, Lesstrouble Dzapasi.
He complied with the order.
Dzapasi allegedly demanded an additional US$3000, purportedly for the attached crane.
The complainant became suspicious and refused to pay the additional amount.
Dzapasi became evasive and blocked the complainant prompting him to file a police report.
Dzapasi is still in custody pending bail considerations.
Source: H METRO