Two Africans expelled from Vietnam for conning locals

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Police in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa have escorted two African men arrested on fraud charges to Ho Chi Minh City to expel them from Vietnam, a source told Thanh Nien on Wednesday.

Tuoi Tre quoted Colonel Truong Vinh Quang, a senior officer at Khanh Hoa Police Department, as saying the two men will be prohibited from reentering the country for five years.

An investigation found that Karbar Patrick, 39, of South Africa and Golokeh Sam Bass, 37, of Liberia, conned locals in the resort town of Nha Trang into believing the US government had given them US$1 million to support African countries. They said they had dyed the notes black in order to transport the money safely.

The men said the notes would return to their original state by washing them with an expensive chemical substance and convinced locals to provide the money to buy the chemicals.

Apart from money, Patrick and Bass promised cars and houses to those who helped them.

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They were caught June 15 trying to swindle $10,000 from Nha Trang residents. The duo had turned several blackened notes into clean dollars in front of the residents.

Police seized from Patrick and Bass a safe that contained thousands of blackened notes, chemical substances, and a little over $300 in cash.

Similar scams involving blackened notes have been reported by the local media in Vietnam for years.

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