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NAC warns of con artists

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The National Aids Council (NAC) has warned of fraudsters going around soliciting for donations claiming they were meant for the Aids Levy.

NAC identified the alleged con artists as members of Tiritose Arts and Theatre and Uhuru groups based in Harare.

In a statement yesterday, NAC, the statutory body mandated to co-ordinate the multi-sectoral response to HIV and Aids in Zimbabwe, said it had reported the fraudulent activities to the police.

“In September last year, two suspects who had collected over $3 000 from unsuspecting residents in Milton Park, Belvedere and Gunhill suburbs were arrested by police and NAC officials acting on a tip-off from a resident who had earlier been duped, but became suspicious following frequent visits by the pair,” reads part of the statement.

“The matter is before the courts and one of the key suspects, Fungai Zuva, skipped bail and is still on the run.

“A warrant of arrest was issued against him by Harare magistrates’ court on Tuesday, 24 January.”

The Aids body said on Monday the “bogus organisation” again attempted to dupe another Harare resident.

“The suspects, however, disappeared during the time when the resident was phoning the National Aids Council to verify their identity and authenticity of their organisation,” NAC said.

“In all cases, the suspects will be carrying genuine information, education and communication materials on HIV and Aids which they get from various registered Aids service organisations for distribution to members of the public during their purported drama sessions.”

NAC advised the public not to entertain such people and always verify with them on telephone numbers (04) 790575 / 791171/2/2 or any nearest NAC offices in the provinces and districts.

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