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Swedish man paid cash to have money cleaned

The Local/og · 29 Feb 2012, 16:30

Published: 29 Feb 2012 16:30 GMT+01:00

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The duped man, from Piteå, in northern Sweden, at first gave the man 300 Euros ($403) to contribute to the scheme, which allegedly promised a return of 64 million kronor, wrote the Piteå-tidningen newspaper.

The scammer had told the man that he was in possession of millions of kronor worth of bank notes, which had been coloured black, and were thus worthless.

With the right cleaning equipment, the man explained that the bank notes could be literally washed, making both men millionaires.

The gullible Piteå man travelled the length of the country to Malmö in order to meet the 30-year-old con-artist, and was so convinced by his plight that he gave him a further 40,000 kronor.

He was persuaded by the scammer to pay more after hearing that the washing process would take longer and cost more than was initially predicted.

The trickster again asked for more money for the cash clean-up, this time claiming that he needed 300,000 Euros before the millions would start pouring in.

The man did not have enough money to cover these alleged costs, and called in a friend to raise the cash.

However, the journey ended one day in November when the "lawyers and UN officials" introduced by the scammer vanished at a blistering speed and with them any chance of the promised windfall.

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The trickster is now charged by police of conning the two men out of nearly 2.7 million kronor.

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17:57 February 29, 2012 by Svensksmith
A fool and his money are soon parted.
18:26 February 29, 2012 by skylarkpilot
The guy who was duped was also attempting to get involved in a criminal enterprise and so is he likely to be charged as well ?

He would be in the UK.....
21:39 February 29, 2012 by BillyB
Beyond belief how anyone can fall for things like this
06:08 March 1, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
...don't quite think the story would make it as an episode for the BBC series 'Hustle' - where the sub plot is that folks become victims of their own greed.

This is just crass.
09:03 March 1, 2012 by dizzy09
a sucker is born every minute.
09:38 March 1, 2012 by joeyt
"Hustle" had its last episode aired last month. They stopped the show when they realised they could never educate the greedy.
10:05 March 1, 2012 by bourgeoisieboheme
The con was in Malmo... go figure.
13:04 March 1, 2012 by karex
To those who get caught in these kinds of scams due to their own unbridled greed I have no sympathy.

There are plenty of innocent vulnerable people who end up falling victim to other types of scams too. Unfortunately there is really no way to guard yourself against these types of things unless you start suspecting anything and everyone. It's sad to have to protect onesself in this way.
15:08 March 1, 2012 by djmarko
you must have a criminal mind to take part in an activity you clearly did not work for!! thats a typical west african scam!! they have been doing for ages, a quick check online would have saved this man his money!!
20:15 March 1, 2012 by HYBRED
Another example of Swedish intellegence and sophistication.
10:09 March 2, 2012 by robban70226
nice.. maybe something i can do during my laundry spare time, thanks for the tip
13:04 March 2, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
In the Canada and the US, there are dedicated undercover police operations personnel, sometimes referred to as Grambo (Gramma + Rambo), where elderly ladies go in to car repair garages complaining of maybe hearing an odd noise in the car.

The garage owners who inform these ladies that their car's engine needs to be replaced, or that their car needs some other kind of expensive and unnecessary repair, get arrested or fined.

Similarly Sweden should (if it does not already) employ at least a few elderly undercover operations people, to catch all kinds of financial abuses that are used to victimize the elderly by stealing their money.
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