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Seven Online Scams DCI Wants You To Look Out For


The investigative agency disclosed that a number of online scams have been reported to their end on the basis of threatening innocent Kenyans using the internet.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Wednesday, September 1 alerted Kenyans on common scams that have been rampant across the country and have seen a majority of them lose their hard-earned property and money.

The investigative agency disclosed that a number of online scams have been reported to their end on the basis of threatening innocent Kenyans using the internet.

It warned against engaging in online transactions with companies, agencies, and/or individuals they have no credible information about, to avoid putting their hard-earned savings at risk.

A man using his laptop. /FILE

They listed the following most common online scams:

  1. Online groups luring jobless Kenyan youth on promises of getting them jobs within and abroad, 
  2. Online product vendors who disappear once payments are done in advance, 
  3. Online car hires that never materialize. 
  4. Online cash traders (Forex Exchange) 
  5. Social media sites bearing prominent people’s profiles aimed at misleading and extortion, 
  6. Fraudsters making random calls while posing as service providers to cause panic to unsuspecting victims, informing them of possible security breaches to their Bank & Mpesa accounts hence end up revealing their confidential particulars, 
  7. Agencies/Individuals advertising non-existing Rental Houses and/or Plots for sale, who ask for deposits while faking high demands after which they lie low on the victims.

“Pursuit of these criminals is in most instances a lengthy procedure calling for Cyber-Forensic Interventions, mostly because perpetrators use different social media/SIM Cards to contact different people, after which they block & delete their accounts upon successful transactions,” the sleuths stated in part.

They urged the public to always and immediately report to their nearest Police Stations any time they lose their ID Cards, sim cards or mobile phones and laptops, personal documents including academic testimonials and driving licenses, and to obtain abstract forms thereby issued.

DCI headquarters in Nairobi. /FILE



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