Waltz Volunteer — Fraudulent NGO
This Organization is registered in the State of Florida, USA, since June of 2009, under the name Waltz Volunteers Inc. using the following Registration Document Number N09000006403 and EIN: [protected] and claims to design, develop and implement projects to serve communities in need and also to place volunteers from all over the world in those communities in need.
It is only ran by 1 man John Pertet Mugabe who created a website and at least 30 different email accounts to pose as board members, volunteers, donors, employees to scam many volunteers, employees, donors and partners, service providers.
He claimed it was created in 1990 by Rev. Antonio Waltz, a missionary from Florida, who supposedly rescued Pertet from the street. He also claimed that there were Board members from USA, UK, and the Waltz family, when none of them existed. The only people who actually exist, besides Pertet, are his parents who live in USA and helped him register the NGO in Florida last year.
He has been using his fake profiles to defend himself from accusations, reinforce his requests of funds and discredit any person’s complaints, and even to offer fake jobs to people in radio stations and government institutions in order to have them on his side. He also used the name of previous volunteers, in order to pose as board members or employees in the website.
He started partnering with NGOs’ in 9 different countries in Africa and 3 in Asia in order to get more volunteers. He has never sent volunteers to some of these countries and he might just have stolen the information of partners to offer programs on his website without a real partnership. He claims he owns projects when it doesn’t own any and just tries to get money using them and then disappears with any money he manages to get.
Volunteers (mostly Americans) are being scammed out of money: do not receive the service that they paid for, are asked to donate money to fake projects, are asked to loan personal money to Pertet and are never refunded despite numerous mails requesting for refunds, are sold extremely expensive safaris. Volunteers are being used as Guiney pigs and are placed in unevaluated accommodations and projects, are living in below standards accommodations, without proper food and safety standards. The majority of volunteers have had very strong complaints about mishandling of funds, misleading advertising, non-delivery of services, misleading information and others. Many of them are still waiting for a refund (from 50$ to more than 10000$ per victim).
Everyone who had reasonable questions, recommendations or complaints, were shut down and even threatened with fake emails from fake board members, fake employees or fake volunteer profiles.
All his employees quit and were not paid. They are witnesses of several lies and manipulative strategies, Irregularities in the handling of funds, inaccurate and misleading information, unsatisfactory service, Lack and delays in the payments, and others. He has given many excuses for not paying his debts, making the sending process overly complicated giving long-winded explanations, hoping the victims will frustrate and give up asking. Employees are being abused, are offered salaries and benefits that are not real, are asked to lie and are not paid for their jobs.
He also scams through the travel Agency “Waltz Tours and Travels” (www.waltztours.com) which sells extremely expensive safaris.
People in need are being used and set up with false expectations and promises of help.
Service providers are being ripped off and not paid for their goods or services provided.
He has been performing fraudulent operations and posing as fake people at least since 2005.