In what has been a trending issue on Social Media recently, several victims of the Mali-Guinea job scam are continuously speaking out against the scam and warning others over falling into the traps of the sweet talking agents.
In the latest testimony, a victim of this scam who has successfully returned to the country after wondering hopelessly in Mali says Cameroonians must be wise and shun away from such dubious opportunists. He adds that the stories they tell you and the opportunities they present are almost irresistible for you to deny if you aren’t smart enough.
“…I have been a victim myself in that Mali/Guinea Conakry scam. A friend of mine contacted me telling me he had found a well paid job at a company United Mining Supply in Guinea Conakry. He said the job was well paid and that there are plenty other opportunities for technicians…,” he told us.
Our informant also added that once you were succesfuly wrapped into their web of lies, they would then ask you to send them your CV of whatever field you have specialized yourself in.
“One week after I had sent my CV, I received a foreign call from Mali. They told me that my CV had been assessed and that I had been selected. I was given a maximum of five days to go to Guinea Conakry to complete the negotiations for my work and begin. They didn’t even give me an opportunity to ask questions…,” he added.
With a network that extends here in Cameroon through good-looking deceiving agents, they take personal charge of giving their victims directions of how they have to find themselves in their financial dungeons in Mali since you can’t fly to Guinea Conakry straight from Cameroon.
“I booked a flight to Benin Republic and then took transport agency called ‘Toupac Travel’. We took two days through that agency to reach Mali… When I arrived I called my friend that I had arrived Mali. He gave me the impression that he was busy and couldn’t come get me, then he told me he was sending in another agent in Mali to pick me us up. The agent called and asked me to take a taxi, telling me where I had to drop”
Upon arrival, our informant says that the victims of this scam are taken into a resident and there you are asked to wait. The place is without beds nor mattresses. People who find themselves in this place often have to sleep on the floor or on a mat.
Other Cameroonians in that same place who have fallen for the scam equally chose to stay silent and observe as new victims are being duped.
“After spending sometime there my friend who had contacted, and had stayed aside to make me think he was in Guinea then came finally. He told me the company that had taken me said the recruitment contracts and other documents had to be signed in Mali before we went to Guinea. Before signing I was told to pay in a sum of 500,000FCFA first… I called home to inform my parents and they somehow managed to send the money which I then paid in and hurriedly signed the papers as they won’t even let you read the terms. If you insist on reading they will ask you to leave…,” he revealed.
It is only after these documents are signed and the money paid in that these victims are taken away and then told that the whole charade was a network marketing scheme and that there is nothing in Guinea Conakry at all. Victims are told that the money they paid in was for some products which they had bought and would be obliged to sell.
Persons who have fallen victims are also asked to bring in two other victims who will also each bring two victims into the illegal business.
“There they tell you that you are already in, so if you bring two other person’s then you stand a chance of earning 225 Dollars weekly. That of course too is another lie. When you realise that all what had been preached to you is a complete lie you become frustrated and wonder about with no way to return,” he said.
According to our informant, there are hundreds of Cameroonians who have fallen into huge debts there in Mali as they cannot even return to the country because of the huge sums they borrowed to go to Mali. The living conditions are horrible and most of them live with below 200frs daily for feeding.