DCI warns Kenyans against falling for online scams


DCI warns Kenyans against falling for online scams

Kenyans have been urged to avoid making online transactions with questionable individuals or organizations.

This follows an increase in reported cases of online fraud at offices, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said.

”We wish to caution members of the public against engaging in online transactions with companies, agencies and/or individuals they have no credible information about, to avoid,” the statement reads.

According to the DCI, some websites have been scamming Kenyans under the pretense that they will find them jobs in and outside the country.

Another scam involves people selling products online and demanding full payment in advance yet vanishing as soon as they are paid.

Agencies purporting to sell real estate properties, exaggerating demand for their products, asking for deposit and vanishing afterwards were also listed.

There have also been increased cases reported of fraudsters calling unsuspecting individuals claiming to be service providers either in banking or mobile money platforms.

They then lure Kenyans, using intimidation and threats, into giving their personal credentials.

Fraudsters are said to use other people’s identities and documents such as passports and Identification Cards(IDs) to commit the crimes.

The DCI is urging those who may have lost their documents to report to the police immediately to avoid getting caught in the web.

The country’s top investigator also said probing cybercrime may involve a lengthy and complicated procedure due to the elaborate nature of execution.

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