A Harare fraudster who defrauded six shops of about $20 000 using edited EcoCash messages has appeared before a local magistrate.

Samson Chome was remanded in custody to April 29 when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Francis Mapfumo.

Chome allegedly defrauded Gain Cash and Cary Supermarket, Windmill (Private) Limited
Tredger Traders (Private) Limited among others of goods worth $20 000

In all the incidents Chome immediately edited the EcoCash message in his phone to suit the transaction order of the shop that he wanted to defraud.

Confirmations were made with Econet and it was confirmed that the transactions as never processed by Econet, this led to the accused’s arrest.