Scam Alert Zone

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  1. There is a con on the loose in Kiambu, and his main target is M-PESA shops. He went to an MPESA shop recently and presented a sh100 note, with the intention of buying credit worth sh20.
    He then asked for a pen to write down something, and thereafter asked the female attendant to hand over all the cash in the till, which she did.
    She only realized what she had done after he was long gone. When the shop owner reported the incident at Kiambu Police Station, he was informed that there were many other people who fell into the same trap.
    via Grace (Kiambu Resident)

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  2. If anyone calls you, claiming to be an employee of Commercial Bank of Africa and tells you that they are recruiting for customer executives, and that you need to pay a refundable fee of 1000 shillings via M-PESA or any other means, do not bother!

    Via James (Thika resident)

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  3. This happened to a driver with 2NK SACCO.as he was driving his matatu to nairobi he recieved a call instructing him to pick up some bananas that were beside the road near thika.
    The caller said he was in nrb T-room waiting, sure enough the driver found the said bananas and he picked them up even before he arrived at nairobi, he was arrested for theft.

    This is what happens:a mkora gets to know about some goods on the roadside and he telephones a driver along that route, the driver may pickup the goods unnoticed/undetected and deliver them to the con artist and get paid the transport fee but in the event that the driver is found picking the goods the mkora will disown him.

    This trend is prevalent in the nrb-thika route.

    Via Mike ( Matatu driver)

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  4. Warning to all parents of KCPE candidates 2019.
    Avoid giving Birth certificate and parents ID details to any school or principal unless you want your child to join that school.Some schools now ilegally use that data and feed it in their NEMIS portal to get government funds.You will be surprised when you take your child in a school only to be told they are already registered in the “illegal”school you gave the details.The process of deregistering a learner from NEMIS is so complicated that many parents may not walk from one office to the other so ” tahadhari kabla ya hatari” Share in many groups as possible to save the parents from this mess of greedy schools.

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  5. There is a new number plate hijacking trend. Hijackers follow you to a parking lot, after you leave your vehicle, they remove your number plate and wait. When you come back and drive off, they follow you. They then overtake you, displaying your number plate out of their window as if if you just lost it and they want to give it back to you. When you stop to get your number plate back, guns come out and they take the car. Maybe even take you and your car. It’s a very well rehearsed and organised plan and everything happens very quickly. Other motorists may not be aware whats happening as you stopped the car yourself.
    Alert others

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  6. Their new trick now is to send you an email supposedly, to have been sent by your bank e-mail service informing you that you have been debited #2,000 as *subscription fee* for the bank’s monthly digest magazine and the charge will continue every month *(and indeed, any info that you did not request or even requested).
    To unsubscribe and cancel that deduction monthly from your account, you should click here (a link is given there).
    Once you click the link, it will open up a page where you will be asked to supply your bank details including ATM information.
    That is now the information they need to enable them access and clear your account.

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  7. There is a new scam by cons targetting Safaricom customers. They send you a text message claiming you have won a cash prize in an ongoing promotion, e.g Maisha ni M-Pesa Tu, and instruct you to dial a certain code *33*0000*16# or call a provided Airtel number ‘for assistance’. Once you dial that code, you end up uknowingly blocking your line. Best thing to do, if you receive such an SMS, forward that text message and the number that sent you the message to Safaricom’s toll free number 333 to enable them investigate the number and take further action. DO NOT dial that code.

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  8. Be Alert and Warned:
    Conmen are all over! They will aproach you pretending to be selling simcards on offer. They have Safaricom reflector jackets on and vans branded! When you buy, they will ask for your ID card so that they can register you. When you give them your ID card, they either copy or memorise your Date of birth as they capture your ID Number.
    They will then ask you for an alternative contact number, Most preferable Safaricom. What follows next is, they will Block your new Safaricom Sim and renew it using the details they have acquired from your ID. They will then withdraw all money from your M-Pesa and even Get a loan from M-Shwari.
    Stay Safe, only buy simcards from certified shops with licence and not in the streets.
    Kindly inform your relatives, Friends and loved ones.

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  9. Any genuine job does not and will not require you to pay any form of “Processing/Medical/Recruitment” fee Before you actually get that job. Any such costs will and should be catered for by the employer!
    If, and again if you are against the network marketing idea. Don’t respond to any advertisement requiring you to reply to it via SMS or WhatsApp (only) in order to get an interview. Remember that official or rather office-based employers will always be the ones contacting you for that interview.

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  10. You may receive a call from persons who will identify you with your full names & ID number, & then identify themselves as Huduma personnel, & that your card is ready. They will proceed to require your MPESA Pin. Kindly do not give them, cause they have a programme that will access your account & withdraw it.

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  11. I was on a Double M bus to city centre last week when five men boarded at Posta stage along Jogoo road. Minutes later, one of them warned everyone to belt up claiming he had spotted traffic cops ahead,Unknown to us, his accomplices who were shifting positions used the ensuing panic to steal three phones before alighting in a flash around city stadium. The victims only realised they had been done in long after the goons had vapourised into thin air

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  12. A Guy came to our shop yesterday claiming to be from safaricom. He said he’s been sent to upgrade the till coz they have a new product that allows transactions from my till to another till number. But he needs the registered phone to do the upgrade. I got jittery and told him the boss isn’t around. Then I called safaricom and shockingly the teller didn’t know of such a product. And asked if the guy had an ID tag.and told me that at no point do they ask for the client’s phone.

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  13. A swindler will convince a mark that there are cars at the port which were imported but the owners either died or could not afford to pay duty. Such cars are often destroyed, but the swindler knows someone at the port who can sneak out a high-end car. ( Courtesy: The Standard )

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  14. A beautiful woman will invite a man to her house for steamy sex. While both are naked in the bedroom, the ‘husband’ will abruptly come home and bust the two eating the forbidden fruit. He will pretend to call the media, usually freelance cameramen and even involve the police. The man will then fork out millions to appease the husband. ( Courtesy: The Standard )

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  15. It could be gold, diamonds or mercury. Most of the time, the swindler will be short of money and in urgent need to deliver the minerals. The swindler will then ask the targeted victim to invest in his business, promising astronomical returns. Of course, it’s too good to be true.( Courtesy: The Standard )

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