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Fraudster buys car using Monopoly money

By Mason White 6:09 PM September 11, 2017
Monopoly board game (illustration)
Monopoly board game (illustration)
By: Alexis Bell

A fraudster managed to drive away with a new car by handing over an envelope containing play money to the seller, according to police in Japan.

Ehime police said that they have arrested 20-year-old Sho Manabe, after being accused of using Monopoly money to purchase the car.

Manabe has been charged with one count of fraud.

According to the police investigation, the victim listed a car for sale on the website Mercari, which is an online marketplace for buying and selling goods.

Manabe contacted the 48-year-old seller, and agreed to buy the car for the listed price.

On Wednesday, at around 8:00 p.m., Manabe and the seller met on the side of a road to complete the purchase.

Manabe handed the seller an envelope that contained cash to the seller, and he then drove away with the new car.

When the seller later opened the envelope, he was shocked the find play money from the popular board game Monopoly.

The victim called the police and Manabe was arrested four hours later.