Zimbabweans swindled out of US$1.9 million in three weeks in Ponzi scheme


Hundreds of Zimbabweans were swindled out of US$1.9 million in three weeks through a Ponzi scheme which promised returns of 5 to 100 percent.

Police said today they were looking Mpumelelo Khaya Dube and Sithokozile Ndhlovu in connection with fraud involving pyramid schemes in Harare.

They said the two operated Kuwait Dinair Limited (KWD), a Ponzi scheme, between 13 July and 6 August and swindled the public of $1.9 million.

Nothing was recovered.

According to a Herald report in August, hundreds of people were queuing as early as 4am at the KWD offices, breaking the coronavirus curfew, as it only took in 300 customers a day.

It demanded US dollars cash.

The report said some of the forms that clients filled were written in Arabic but some of the people interviewed said they did not mind as long as they invested their money because the company offered good returns.

Most of the clients did not know the owners of the company and some did not even know its name.


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