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    Sunday, 24 September 2017

    Syndicate swidle scores over nursing places

    • Dozens of job seekers lose $47 000

    • Senior doctors and nurses' names used by con-artists

    • Herald publishes fictitious list of names of successful candidates
    TAWANDA HOMBA

    MASVINGO – A network of conmen using names of senior doctors and nurses is causing havoc in Masvingo Province where it is fleecing tens of job seekers of their hard earned cash on the guise that it will secure nurse training places for them at Masvingo Provincial Hospital and other places.
    The con artists are so cheeky that they are using the Government-owned Herald to publish fictitious lists of names of candidates they claim to have found places for.
    Police is investigating the matter and there is strong suspicion that some 55 people may have lost $47 000 to the conmen after paying bribes of $860 each.
    The conmen published a list of more than 50 people in the Tuesday Herald who are supposed to have got places at Masvingo Provincial Hospital. The advert advises the students that training would begin on May 18, 2018.
    However, Masvingo Provincial Medical Director Dr Amadeous Shamu who expressed shock at the advert said it was fictitious.
    "This is not an advert from us. In the first place the advert says Masvingo General Hospital. It is not a general hospital but a provincial hospital. We enrol 15 students per semester and not 55 as indicated by this list. Curiously there are names of people who inserted the advert here but there are no phone numbers to contact them," said Dr Shamu.
    He said he also had a cousin who used his name to dupe people saying that he would find them nursing places.
    "I realised later that he would bring people here and leave them in the corridor. He would come into my office and chat with me and when he went out to them he would say the deal is done and they would pay him anything from $300. I have asked the victims to report him to the Police," said Dr Shamu.
    Another senior medical doctor, Kudzai Masinire was recently paid a visit by the Police who accused him of receiving $200 bribe from a person looking for a nursing place in Mwenezi. However, Dr Masinire had earlier reported to the Criminal Investigation Department that there were syndicates of conmen using his name in Mwenezi, Bikita and Chivi districts to get bribes from desperate job seekers.
    The Police seem to have not investigated Dr Masinire's report.
    The Mirror through investigations conducted over the last two weeks established that the conmen and con women  were placing their adverts on whatsaap groups. They then ask interested people to use EcoCash to transfer $860 to numbers given.
    Those who pay would then have their names published in the Herald to show that they got places.
    After expressing an interest, two Mirror reporters spend the whole week receiving calls from the conmen who wanted to know when the money would be deposited. When the reporters suggested that they come and collect cash they refused and they also refused to be paid through livestock.
    The names of the people who were phoning were given as Herbert Munyikwa, Respina Manjeru, Blessing Sithole, Patience Myambo and Vincent Chivengwa. The EcoCash numbers to be used for depositing the money is  0783229252.
    A Police detective who declined to be named said chances were that the conmen were using identities of people who are dead for their EcoCash transactions.
    The Mirror also gathered that a ZINARA female employee was duped of $800 after she deposited the money into someone's EcoCash account who promised to organise a place for her to work at the Vehicle Examination Department where a 'vacancy' had arisen.
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