On a statement tweet from the DCI KENYA states, “The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has cautioned Kenyans to be wary of social media fraudsters after a woman was conned out of Ksh. 52,000.
With a case that had reached them prior within the day(s), had a woman conned out ksh 52k as per the reports going around.
“DCI is cautioning young ladies on social media, to be wary of fraudsters who prey on them with promises of good life abroad, but end up being swindled their hard earned money.”
According to the DCI, the 28-year-old woman met a man online who claimed to be living in Britain.
” This is after our counterparts based at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, became alarmed due to the influx of young ladies who throng the country’s international gateway, ostensibly to collect gifts that have been sent by their online ‘suitors.’
However, upon arrival they are shocked to realise that they have been conned and no such packages exist.” said the DCI KENYA.
The fraudsters who masquerade as successful businessmen with their social media timelines teeming with photos of their supposed flashy lifestyles, prey on young ladies whom they promise blissful lives abroad and offer to send them expensive gifts to demonstrate their seriousness.
In one such instance, a 28-year-old lady met a man online who claimed to be living in Britain. After days of communicating online, the man told the lady that as proof of his undying affection, he had sent her some necklaces made of gold and other assorted jewelry.
She later received a call from a man who identified himself as a customs agent based at JKIA and had received her shipment from abroad.
She was asked to pay the landing fee for the package & facilitate its clearance at a total cost of Sh52,000 then go & collect it.
However, upon arrival at the airport, the supposed agent’s phone, went answered.
Detectives based at the airport have in recent months received many such reports where young ladies have lost money to fraudsters, with preliminary investigations indicating that the miscreants mainly operate from Kisumu and Kiambu.
While we work round the clock to bring the suspects to book, we wish to caution young ladies to be wary of such fraudsters who may end up tricking them into more dangerous situations, some of which may cost them their lives.
The DCI’s preliminary investigations indicate that the fraudsters mainly operate from Kisumu and Kiambu.