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Couple Arrested for Scamming Job Hunters in Bulawayo

A Bulawayo couple has been arrested by police for defrauding people of over US$34,000 as they posed as agents who could secure visas, work permits and jobs in Canada, the United Kingdom (UK), and Ireland. Gwendoline Ndlovu (35) and her husband Melusi Ndlovu (36) from Sunninghill suburb were arrested for fraud in August 2022.

Posing as Agents for a Company

The Chronicle reports that according to Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube, the couple pretended to be agents of an undisclosed company that dealt with securing jobs, work permits, and processing travel documents for those who wanted to work in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Eight people from Bulawayo were told to pay US$4,000 each in order to get the services.

The victims paid fractions of the US$4,000, and payment plans were made since they could not raise the full amount. The couple was evasive when asked by the victims, and one of them got wind that the two were moving property from their offices in the city. She called the police, leading to the arrest of Melusi Ndlovu. Gwendoline Ndlovu was also arrested on the same day at Bulawayo central hospital.

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Promises Unfulfilled

The couple promised their victims that they would secure their work permits and jobs in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. However, the accused failed to deliver until the promised period lapsed. Inspector Ncube said since August, the couple had been giving complainants different reasons until they were under pressure and decided to vacate their known office without notice.

Inspector Ncube said at least 12 more similar cases have been received from new victims following the couple’s arrest. He urged members of the public to be cautious when dealing with agents and verify the authenticity of the companies they want to deal with before doing any transactions to avoid losing large sums of money.