Fraudulent activity is on the rise in Zimbabwe, with scammers using increasingly sophisticated methods to deceive unsuspecting victims.
From fake job offers to investment schemes, these fraudsters are preying on the vulnerable and leaving a trail of financial devastation in their wake.
It has recently come to light that an individual by the name of “Wonder Chakanetsa Chitau,” residing at 745 Nyamhunga 2, Kariba, has been wreaking havoc within the community.
This cunning fraudster has been using deceptive practices, targeting innocent citizens and businesspeople through WhatsApp and various money transfer platforms.
The fraudster’s modus operandi involves enticing victims with fish orders from Kariba via WhatsApp group messages and advertisements, using the number +263 71 578 6000. However, there’s a catch to this – payment must be made in advance. Once the payment is sent, the victims find themselves blocked, and unable to contact the fraudster ever again, leaving them with substantial financial losses.
In a statement released to Great Dyke News 24, Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko confirmed an incident of fraud early this month saying they are investigating the issue with a view to arresting the suspect.
“Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms a fraud case where alleged fish monger pocketed USD $ 828 and disappeared . This occurred on the 4 July 2023 in Zvishavane.
“The complainant then made the payment electronically. Soon after receiving the payment, the suspect became unreachable.
“We appeal to members of the public to value their hard earned cash by not hastily completing transactions without making thorough background checks.
“We also appeal for any information that may assist in apprehending the suspect,” he said.
This type of fraudulent activity has become all too common in Zimbabwe, with scammers using increasingly sophisticated methods to deceive unsuspecting victims.