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Nurse Aides Left Stuck After Getting Duped In Fake UK Job Scam

Four employees of Abroad Gateway Studies were charged with fraud after posing as representatives of Seren Health Care Solutions, a company based in the UK, for scamming nurse aides about jobs in the UK.

When they appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi, Makanaka Mukwesha, Fidelis Mazhindu, Crispen Gazimbe, and Chelsea Makombe, they were not asked to enter a plea.

Their bail decision will be made today when they return to court.

According to the State, the complainant learned that Abroad Gateway Studies could assist him while he was looking for information about potential nurse aide employers.

It is alleged that the company masqueraded as agents which recruit interested nurse aides to work in the UK.

The court heard that the complainant then contacted Mazhindu who directed him to their office.

On October 26, the complainant went to the office, where he was told to pay US$500 as an administration fee, and submit a police clearance, TB test, nurse aide certificate, IELTS certificate and proof of residence.

He was also told that he would wait for 21 days, after submission, while the documents were being processed.

The complainant then made the payment and was added to a group with 71 other participants.

He was also told to pay £2 000 for a plane ticket, rentals and visa appointment.

It is further alleged that on November 8, the complainant received a phone call from Makombe, who indicated that there was a new requirement.

He was told he should pay £1 000 as a security fee before receiving a Certificate of Sponsorship (COS), and the balance, after receiving it.

The complainant paid the money. He was then made to sign a non-disclosure agreement on November 11.

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It is further alleged that on November 23, he was called and told that his support letters were ready.

He went to the office where he met the quartet. He was told that he would start work next year.

However, the complainant became suspicious when the organisation started to shift dates.

The complainant inquired from a friend abroad, to check if the company existed and recruited nurse aides.

The complainant was told that the company belonged to Stella Chimano, who is based in the UK.

Chimano advised the complainant to report the matter to the police and the quartet was arrested.

The complainant lost US$2 900 and nothing was recovered. Pardon Dziva prosecuted. H Metro

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