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Fraudsters Target Insurance Service Providers

Criminals based in Harare are allegedly swindling established insurance service providers through promising lucrative business partnerships only to defraud them later.

The Zimbabwe Independent reports that a syndicate led by Anderson Ncube using mobile number 0714591211 is targeting reputable players in the insurance sector by disguising himself as the owner of Ncube Gold Mine situated in Silobela, an agricultural village 60 km west of Kwekwe.

The publication says no such mine exists in Kwekwe.

Ncube and his alleged accomplice using mobile number 0778259023 contact unsuspecting insurance service providers requesting a meeting to facilitate business deals which also entail registering medical and funeral cover for their mine workers (Ncube Gold Mine).

The duo will then advise officials from the targeted companies to pay accommodation fees at a lodge called Silobela Lodge and Transporters arguing that the meeting will likely take longer because of the distance from Silobela to Kwekwe, thus it will be advisable for them to put up at the lodge before leaving for Harare.

However, the payment had to be paid in advance since it was a busy lodge. But it has since been established that Silobela Lodge and Transporters are non-existent.

The lodge does not have a company bank account as expected but uses a personal NMB Bank account registered in the name of Edwin Takudzwa Dana, account number 0000231870897.

A quotation sent to another reputable insurance company seen by the Independent had a total of ZW$30 000 (US$97 on the current auction rate) covering accommodation, dinner, and breakfast.

Two officials from ZimSelector, the first internet-based distribution platform for financial services products in Zimbabwe helped expose this criminality.

This was after they were lured to Kwekwe on Tuesday where they were supposedly meant to meet Ncube and his manager to discuss insurance packages for the mine workers.

They were advised to pay accommodation fees to an NMB account to avoid last-minute headaches but the officials ignored him.

They also ignored a request to send US$90 to Ncube’s manager US$90 via Mukuru. 

Ncube also advised the officials that the road to his mine was bad so they had to park their vehicles at a certain location and then meet up with his manager who would take them to the mine.

They again refused.

The officials were informed that these criminals had conned companies using the same modus operandi.

The ZimSelector officials immediately made a police report.

Inspector Norest Gwenyambira from Kwekwe’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) confirmed that a number of people almost fell victim to the fraudsters.

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