While trying to find an alternative for cheaper data, quite a number of Econet subscribers have found themselves scammed by individuals who are purportedly selling cheaper data bundles.
However the same can not be said for NetOne data bundles, where we suspect some vendors are actually manipulating the system and selling desperate clients much more data for less, a serious revenue leak which NetOne is yet to deal with it.
NetOne porous system has been a victim of VPN override allowing subscribers to run a free VPN which then tunnels out data to the internet giving the subscriber free access, however some have been penalized for committing the act.
Scammers seem to be offering cheaper and attractive data packages compared to these Mobile Network Operator MNO.
Mobile Network Operator network current charges of the private wifi bundle starts from 8GB costing $ZWL 1,300 while 15GB and 25GB is pegged at ZWL$2000 , ZWL$ 2800 respectively.
Data scammers found a lucrative way of making business offering data packages from as little as 5GB for ZWL $400 , 10 GB for ZWL$ 700 , ZWL $ 20GB for ZWL$990.
A victicm to the data scam narrated the procedure.
” They send you details as this 0771770364 M Mchena*Pay*
Send Confirmation Name
Send Number to be credited
To be Credited in 5mins
The data will never be credited , they go quite and while you try their numbers it will not go through.
While using more means to scam people ,other agents now make customers send half of the money in promise of crediting data and make the half payment later .
” I was told to send ZWL$200 , and then send the remaining amount after data was credited to me , i took the chance basing on the amount , i was scammed these people are fake.”
A comment from Econet was fruitless as they did not respond.
Last year mobile operators increase data charges citing inflation and rise in operational costs.
The charges took a toll on subscribers whose salaries were not reviewed to also meet the increase of services