The suspects who were arrested in the early hours of today, reportedly initiate their scam with a simple Facebook request. According to detectives, after a target accepts the seemingly harmless request, the fraudsters then initiate a friendly chat promising the victim goodies to be sent through DHL at the airport.
The victim who receives a call from someone pretending to be an attendant at the DHL office the next day or thereafter, will then be asked for payment of clearance fees for the promised parcel. After the money is sent through M-Pesa, another call is made requesting for another payment for other documentation and taxes. Once the payments are done, the fraudsters never pick their victims calls again.
Here are photos of the 19 Nigerians arrested in Kenya below;
Few months, two Nigerian nationals were also arrested in Kenya for using fake Facebook accounts of prominent Kenyans, among them First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, to swindle unsuspecting victims of millions of shillings.
Timothy Ogba Ebakole and Alex Olesugun Adebayo devised elaborate con games disguised as philanthropic ventures, preying on dozens of social media users, many of them poor job-seekers. They will be among the first to be tried under the recently enacted Cybercrimes Law.
Apart from the First Lady, other notable names used in the duo’s fraudulent schemes are Kilifi County Senator Stewart Madazyo and his Bomet counterpart Christopher Langat. Kilifi Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCIO) Christopher Chesoli said his officers tracked the mobile phone number the suspects were using to Kayole in Nairobi and locked them up.
Addressing the press at Mtwapa police station where the two are being held, Mr Madzayo said the two created a fake Facebook account in his name, and then used it to demand money from unsuspecting Kilifi residents. He said the Nigerians even placed calls to people while passing themselves off as the Senator and demanded money to process bursary forms and other funds from the government.