Office of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has unmasked an organized fraud syndicate operating in Nairobi CBD Posing as sales agents.
Through Twitter, DCI has stated that the syndicate has been defrauding members of the public who have raised the alarm.
The syndicate consists of young men and women who pose as sales agents of a telecommunication company.
“The DCI is in receipt of numerous complaints from members of the public who report having fallen victim of a suspected fraud syndicate, operating within Nairobi’s Central Business District. The well-organized syndicate consists of young men & women, who pose as sales agents of a renowned mobile telecommunication company,” DCI wrote.
He has further revealed that they operate behind Kenya Archives, along Tom Mboya Street. They pose as smart sales agents selling flashy phones, tablets, and ipads to citizens plying the route. They also pretend to help others in upgrading their sim cards.
“They operate from the attached vehicle behind Kenya Archives, along Tom Mboya Street, posing as genuine marketers of unreasonably cheap smartphones, iPads, tablets & other flashy electronic products. They also purport to assist clients in upgrading their sim cards to 5G network,” DCI further stated.
Once they get one’s full attention they obtain his information including pin number and send the money from their phones into unknown accounts.
“Once they have the full attention of an unsuspecting would-be buyer, they access the victim’s mobile money transfer pin & other mobile banking details, after which they transfer money from the victims’ accounts to unknown accounts,” DCI claimed.
They have since asked the members of the public who have fallen victim to the defrauding scheme to report to the police so that punitive actions can be taken against them.
“Whereas detectives and general duty police officers have previously arrested the fraudsters after receiving complaints from victims, they (victims) hardly show up at the police stations or DCI offices to file formal reports, thus weakening the evidential aspect upon arraignment of the suspects. As such, we appeal to members of the public who may have been hoodwinked by the fraudsters to report at DCI Headquarters’ Serious Crime Unit, to formally report their experiences with the syndicate for necessary Police action to be initiated.”