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Job seekers lose money to fake employment agents syndicate

by Staff reporter
02 Nov 2023 at 01:43hrs | Views
A group of fraudulent employment agents posing as recruiters for a reputable tourism and safari company is reportedly operating in Victoria Falls, where numerous unsuspecting job seekers have been duped and lost substantial amounts of money.

These suspected scammers claim to be recruiting for Robins Camp, a subsidiary of Machaba Safaris Zimbabwe. This fraudulent activity has been ongoing since last year, and several cases have been reported to the police.

An individual identifying as G Lima-Secretary, using the phone number +263 712 990623, allegedly works for "Zambezi Travel and Tours" and sends text messages to job seekers, instructing them to contact Mr. Mlotshwa at 0777968585 for job placement. However, there is no Zambezi Travel and Tours, G Lima, or Mr. Mlotshwa associated with Robins Camp or any affiliated company.

The victims are then asked to make deposits of money, and many have fallen victim to this scam, with some losing over $300 each.

The police have confirmed that investigations are ongoing. It's believed that there may be more than 100 cases of people falling victim to these fraudsters.

Some victims eventually contacted the legitimate company and discovered they had been scammed, while others were turned away at the company's gate when reporting for duty after realizing they had been deceived.

Several individuals have posted their complaints on social media, and the company is using various platforms to warn the public about the scam.

Machaba Safaris Zimbabwe, which manages Robins Camp, issued a warning to the public and job seekers. They stated that they have become aware of a text message scam that falsely offers employment opportunities at Robins Camp and directs recipients to contact someone named Mr. Mlotshwa. The scammers ask for money under the pretext of covering transport costs.

The company emphasized that these messages are part of a scam designed to deceive individuals into sending money to impostors. They advised the public not to respond to such messages or engage with these fraudsters. The company is collaborating with law enforcement agencies to apprehend the individuals behind the scam.

Furthermore, the company clarified that they do not engage third parties, charge any fees, or request upfront payments or transport money from job seekers. All recruitment is conducted through their human resources department.

Citizens are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities or contact the company on +263 83 28 41638.

Source - The Chronicle