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19 Nigerians arrested in Kenya for electronic fraud

Valentine Chinyem

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Nineteen Nigerians have been arrested in Nairobi, Kenya for their alleged involvement in electronic fraud, Standard newspaper of Kenya is reporting.

The suspects who were said to have targeted their Kenyan victims on social media, were arrested by the police in Umoja, Kasarani and Roysambu Estates in Nairobi.

The Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti, said; “The fraudsters start by befriending you on social media (Facebook) and once you accept the friend request they initiate a friendly chat that promises the victim goodies to be sent through DHL at the airport.”

“The following day a call will be made and someone will pretend to be an attendant at the DHL office.

“They will tell the victim to pay clearance fees for the same parcel they claim to have sent to a person.

“Immediately you send the money through Mpesa another call is made requesting for some more money for other documentation and taxes.

“After paying the dues demanded, your calls demanding for your parcel will not be picked. That is the time you realise that you have been conned. This is therefore to warn members of the general public against such fraudsters.”

The arrest became necessary after victims filed complaints with the police. One victim told the police he was promised an Iphone. He said he paid Sh70,000 (249,772.37 Nigerian Naira) for the gadget.

During the swoop, several electronic gadgets were recovered from the suspects’ houses.

Some of the suspects had come to Nairobi as students and as businessmen, the report said.

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