The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) has warned members of the public against falling prey to housing scams. These scammers have been reported that they pose as housing agents or as NHE employees.
“They offer home ownership in exchange for money or solicit personal information using fraudulent NHE letterheads to unsuspecting members of the public,” stated NHE spokesperson Tuafi Shafombabi.
She noted that home ownership at NHE can only be obtained through the standard application process, which is done at the enterprises’ various branches across the country.
“The company is in no way associated with any individuals or companies soliciting money,” Shafombabi stressed.
She added that NHE is guided by ethical and sound business principles and will never request payment, directly or through a third party to secure home ownership; request for personal information such as banking details through the phone; no official communication will be sent from Gmail, Live, Yahoo and any other internet-based email service provider account; sell houses directly through third parties that will guarantee home ownership.
“We urge members of the public who have fallen victim to this type of activity to report such incidents of fraud and unscrupulous business dealings to the nearest police station providing as much information as possible, such as names and contact details,” Shafombabi stated.
For clarity or questions, the public is advised to contact the NHE. “Any individuals who have fallen to such scams will have no recourse through formal NHE channels as we do not endorse corrupt practices in any form,” read a statement from the organisation.