By Staff Reporter
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has warned members of the public of a fraudulent cement sale scheme that has cost victims approximately USD$300 000-00.
According to the ZRP, the scam involves a company known as Koffie and King Hardware, allegedly located in Harare, advertising cement on social media and radio platforms at low prices and special offers to lure unsuspecting members of the public.
In a statement, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said more than sventy people have fallen prey to the suspects.
“The suspects, Andy Baleni also known as Mambo Ndini whose last known address is Fiat 3 Glen Lorne, Chishawasha, Harare and Tinashe Zimunya advertised cement on radio and social media platforms at very low prices and alleged special offer thereby luring the unsuspecting transacting public.
“Delivery of the purported cement was said to be done within seven (7) days after payment for the consignment. Resultantly, more than seventy (70) victims fell for the scam and were defrauded approximately USD$300 000-00,” said Assistant Commissioner Nyathi
He said the police is concerned that this may be a pyramid scheme in which the accused persons may have used the sale of cement to entice unsuspecting victims into a fraudulent investment scheme.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is now appealing for information which may lead to the arrest of the accused persons. We continue to implore members of the public to exercise due diligence before making any payments as this scam is now pointing fingers to the possibility of a pyramid scheme through the alleged sale of cement,” Assistant Commissioner Nyathi said