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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 )
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 )
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 )
Wow! Great initiative.