Two African men have been arrested for allegedly attempting to cheat locals out of money in the central province of Khanh Hoa, local police said Sunday.
Patrick Karbar, a 39-year-old South African, and Golokeh Sam Bass, a 37-year-old Liberian, were caught trying to swindle US$10,000 from people in the resort town of Nha Trang on Friday, police said.
They told locals that the US government had given them a million US dollars to support African countries, and they had dyed the notes black so they could transport them safely, according to initial information gathered by police.
The dye could be washed away with an expensive chemical substance, they said, convincing locals to give them money so they could buy the chemicals.
Police said the duo promised to repay locals who helped them with not only money, but also cars and houses.
To convince locals, the men turned several blackened notes into clean dollars in front of local witnesses, according to police.
Police said they also confiscated a safe that contained thousands of black notes the same size of dollar notes, chemical substances, and over $400 in cash from the foreigners.
Police are investigating.