19 Nigerians arrested over social media scam in Nairobi, police warn Kenyans


19 Nigerians arrested over social media scam in Nairobi, police warn Kenyans
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In Summary

  • The Nigerians would start by befriending Kenyans on Facebook and initiating a friendly chat.
  • Afterwards, the fraudsters promise to send their victims 'goodies' at the airport through DHL courier company .
  • A call will be made the following day by someone pretending to be a DHL employee.
  • The person then asks the victim to pay clearance fees for the same parcel they claim to have sent you.

19 Nigerians have been arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Nairobi for electronic fraud targeting Kenyans.

In a warning posted on their Facebook page, the DCI urged Kenyans to be wary of such criminals.

According to the police, the 19 Nigerians arrested on Friday, would start by befriending Kenyans on Facebook and initiating a friendly chat .

Afterwards, the fraudsters promise to send their victims ‘goodies’ at the airport through DHL courier company .

A call will be made the following day by someone pretending to be a DHL employee.

The person then asks the victim to pay clearance fees for the same parcel they claim to have sent you.

As soon as the victim sends the money through Mpesa, another call is made requesting for some more money for other documentation and taxes.

After all these payments are done, they disappear as calls to the alleged office go unanswered.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has cautioned Kenyans against such fraudsters even though they did not reveal how much has been lost in the scam so far.

The Nigerians arrested on Friday are currently in police custody and are expected to appear in court to be charged with electronic fraud.

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