By Tendai Munengwa
OVER four thousand people are counting their losses after losing an estimated 40 000 United States dollars to unscrupulous dealers who promised them employment at Boka Tobacco Auction floors.
In what can be described as daylight robbery, about four thousand desperate employment seekers fell prey to a bogus employment dealer after paying between 10 and 20 United States dollars each.
After parting ways with their hard-earned cash and promised employment at Boka Tobacco Floors, they were at the venue this Tuesday only to realise there was nothing for them.
When ZBC News visited the floor, thousands of desperate job seekers were milling outside the gate.
“We received the information from our social media group and from Church that there were vacancies at Boka and we were referred to pay US$10 and some US$20 to two ladies, one Mai Tatenda. So people paid in their numbers to the women who reside in Glenview. And yesterday we received SMSs that today we were supposed to commence work, but to our surprise, we came and we are told there is no work, we are frustrated,” said one job seeker.
Despite police’s call for the people to disperse and report the matter to their respective police stations, the job seekers remained adamant.
Boka Floors Managing Director, Chido Nyakudya said they had not advertised any job opportunities adding that they have engaged the police to bring the culprits to book.
“We at Boka, have a clear Human Resources Policy which does not require anyone to pay money to get employment, it is unfortunate that several people have fallen prey to bogus dealers, we are working with police to get to the bottom of the matter,” said Nyakudya.
This scam could just be a tip of an iceberg as more people are reported to have suffered the same fate.