WhatsApp hoax targets Barclays Zim depositers

2016-03-15 11:37 - Memory Mataranyika
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Harare - Banking group Barclays has lashed out at a hoax WhatsApp message that is advising Zimbabwe depositors to withdraw their money.

"Those with their monies at Barclays Bank go and withdraw, it is closing for good on the 22nd of March 2016. Pass it on," said the WhatsApp message which has been circulating since Monday.

The hoax WhatsApp message comes about after Barclays earlier this month announced its intention to exit its Zimbabwean operation as well as reduce its its shareholding in Barclays Africa Group, formerly Absa.

READ: Barclays to exit Zim operations

Barclays Zimbabwe said the WhatsApp message is inaccurate and misleading regarding the claimed exit date.

“Barclays is open for business and has no intention whatsoever to close its doors. We remain committed to the growth of our company,” it added.

Recently, another Zimbabwean bank, NMB, had to issue a statement after another false social media message saying it was set to fold up.

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