BEIRUT: Two Syrians were arrested in Lebanon after attempting to sell fake gold coins that they claimed were worth $14,000.
The Internal Security Forces said that they received a tip-off about the two men after they failed in their attempt to sell an Iraqi man the gold coins. The two men then turned to a buyer in Lebanon.
In its statement, the ISF said the suspects “were lured” into Lebanon under the bait of a Lebanese buyer who told them he was interested in purchasing the valuable coins.
The parties then specified day and location to meet to carry out the exchange.
The two Syrians were arrested in Charles Helou area of Beirut and confessed to planning to sell the fake coins, which were later found in a garbage bin in Charles Helou bus station.
The ISF confiscated a nylon bag containing 702 fake gold coins.
Police are appealing to any citizens who fell victim to the scam to come forward to press charges or contact the following numbers: 01-293683/01-290881