A Pakistani con artist has been arrested for posing as an FBI agent and swindling unwitting customers in Islamabad out of $21,000, the police said on Friday.
Hayat Khan, 48, was detained in a sting operation on Thursday following a number of complaints in the capital, police official Suhail Akram told AFP. “The fake FBI agent managed to cheat people out of millions of rupees. He is now under arrest,” he said.
Khan, who also went by the alias Riaz Khan, claimed to have worked for the FBI and trapped his victims by offering to sell US dollars at a lower rate than on the market. He reeled them in by offering favourable exchange rates for relatively small amounts of money, say $500 or $1,000, and then overcharged them for much larger amounts.
It was not immediately clear why he pretended to work for the FBI, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2012.
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