BE WARY OF FAKE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS IMPERSONATING THE FIRST FAMILY- DCI
Be wary of fake social media accounts ; Directorate of criminal investigations has warned citizens to be keen in their dealings in the socials.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations is cautioning members of the public to be wary of fraudsters operating pseudo social media accounts impersonating members of the first family, the deputy president, chief justice and other senior government officials.
The crooks who have opened multiple Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts have obtained hundreds of thousands of shillings from unsuspecting Kenyans, who are duped into believing that the owners of the accounts will assist them secure financial assistance, jobs, among other favours.
In one such instance, a 19-year-old suspect identified as Michael Wekesa was arrested in Sirisia, after he opened a Facebook account purporting to be an employee of the Office of the First Lady. Wekesa, who posed as a loans officer who would influence issuance of quick loans, went ahead to obtain thousands from desperate Kenyans, who approached him for assistance.
In a well calculated scheme, the suspect who promised interest free loans from the esteemed First Lady’s Office, requested for a small deposias ‘facilitation fees’ to expedite the process.
Unsuspecting Kenyan’s not aware of the existence such scammers sent money to a provided Mpesa account which was then transferred to a till number under the suspect’s name.
It is only after their calls went unanswered afterwards that reality dawned on them that they had become the latest victims of fraud from tech savvy teenagers taking advantage of gullible Kenyans online.
Also arrested in the dubious scheme was the main suspect’s accomplice Isaac Ouduor, 19, who operated a ‘call center’ that received calls from would be beneficiaries, before they were escalated to the ‘loans officer’ for action.
Three mobile phones used in the transactions were seized from the suspect. Later, the detectives arrested Dennis Kimaru, a 25-year-old bachelor of Commerce graduate from Kirinyaga University who operates Mzalendo Kimaru (jeshii), Mzalendo Kym Korir and Obuntu Family, Facebook accounts.
The suspect who also operates accounts bearing similar names on Twitter and Instagram had opened a social media account in the name of the Head of State’s aide-de-camp Col Fabian Lengusuranga.
Kenyans are advised to be wary of such social media accounts and are cautioned not to send money to anyone in order to influence favours.
The Office of the First Lady operates a verified Facebook account and members of the public are cautioned against being misled by information published from other unverified pseudo accounts.