Recently, Members of Parliament had to travel to Kuwait to rescue several women who were lured there after being promised heaven on earth only to end up as slaves.
After the arrest of some agents who were luring people to Arabic countries, job seekers are now being promised jobs in places such as Victoria Falls and Hwange.
â€œLocal mine seeks Procurement Officer, Transport and Logistics Supervisor, Mine Surveyor, Blaster and Class 4 driver call 0734 432 909 0734 567 94,â€ reads a typical advert in a local newspaper.
Upon calling the number, prospective job seekers are told to transfer cash via the mobile money transfer system for bus fare which is not less than $40. After one has followed that first instruction that will normally be the last one hears from the employment agent.
â€œI was told to transfer $40 via ecocash and given a date to wait for a bus at Mukwati government offices that was going to take me to Victoria Falls; the bus did not come and when I tried the number it was now going on voicemail,â€ said a disgruntled job seeker.
One newspaperâ€™s advertising section showed that same numbers were used in six different adverts.
Posting on social media, Chakanyuka Bosha said media houses should ask for proof of residence from advertisers.
â€œThey should also retain the national identification details of anyone advertising with them, that way potential fraudsters will be discouraged,â€ he added.
But most newspapers have a disclaimer for published adverts.
â€œThis disclaimer nonsense should be done away with and businesses must take both legal and moral obligations for what goes through their systems otherwise itâ€™s a case of killing the hen that lays the eggs,â€ says Harry Chinake.
Others said that it will be very difficult to track the fraudster as they use stolen ID particulars to buy cell phone lines and dump them once they have swindled job seekers.
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