Two arrested in Durban black dollar scam

Two arrested in Durban black dollar scam


Durban – Two men have been arrested for fraud, resisting arrest and assault by the Hawks in what is believed to be a “black dollar scam”.

James Mator, 41, and Peabody Spencer, 40, were arrested during an undercover operation.

Spokesman for the Hawks, Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo, said they had received information about the men who were scamming a victim.

“The accused requested money to pay for their luggage, which they claimed was in a ship at Durban Harbour. The victim allegedly gave them money and they kept asking for more. They also told a victim they would make him rich if he paid R162 000,” Mhlongo said.

The men appeared in the Durban Commercial Crime Court on Wednesday and were remanded in custody. The case was postponed to Thursday.

The scam involves fraudsters trying to obtain money from a victim by persuading him piles of banknote-sized paper are currency notes that have been dyed to avoid detection by authorities.