Verify a deal before you engage in it.
Two co-directors of a company named as AUDATAK Investments Company have been arrested after they enticed a local businessman into a fake deal where he was supposed to transfer US$220 000 into their bank accounts.
The pair of Kudzai Mutasa and Lawrence Mutasa (their ages not supplied) allegedly hatched a plan on how to dupe a local businessman (name supplied) into a fake solar panel deal and requested him to partner them with US$220 000.
They told him that they had won a tender from the American Embassy to supply solar panels, a source said.
They showed him fake tender documents that they had allegedly received from the American Embassy.
After that they requested him to transfer US$80 000 to AUDATAK Account and he agreed, the source added.
But the vigilant businessman had an afterthought and later phoned the American Embassy.
“The business man phoned the American Embassy to verify the authenticity of the deal and he got the shock of his life when he was told that there was no such tender deal which had been won by AUDATAK Investment,” said the source.
After that the businessman reported the incident to the police and he told police that the alleged fraudsters told him that they would need US$140 000 balance at the end of August. Detectives pounced on the pair and arrested them.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident and warned members of the public against engaging in any business transaction without verifying finer details of the deal.