Cyprus Mail

Police looking for currency exchange scammers

Police are searching for two men who are suspected of having tricked a 36-year-old into exchanging €8,800 for $600, the police announced on Monday.

The 36-year-old, a Nicosia resident, reported to the police on Monday that on November 1, two unknown persons told him they would like to exchange $11,000 into euros.

According to the police, the two men handed over $11,000 to the 36-year-old, who counted it before handing the money back to the two men so that they could place it in an envelope.

The men handed the sealed envelope to the 36-year-old, who then gave them the exchanged amount of €8,800.

When the men left, 36-year-old told the police, he opened the envelope to find only $600.

Police believe that the two men are the same persons suspected of stealing €8,140 from an exchange bureau in Paphos on 2 November.

They are described as being between 50 and 60-years-old and between 1.70 and 1.75 metres tall.  One of the men has white hair and the other black, police said in an appeal to the public.

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