Huduma Center Exposes Scheme Defrauding Kenyans

  • Undated image of Huduma Centre in Makadara, Nairobi
    Undated image of Huduma Centre in Makadara, Nairobi
    Capital Group
  • Huduma Kenya has exposed a scheme targeting unsuspecting Kenyans and defrauding them through dubious ways.

    In an alert issued on Friday, October 21, Huduma Kenya unmasked a well-choreographed scheme run by individuals purporting to be Huduma Namba officials to infiltrate into people's financial accounts and make away with their savings while others have been stealing identities.

    The schemers, according to Huduma Kenya, coerce victims to send money to receive some services, share their passwords, activation codes, and other personal data and information.

    Undated Photo of President Uhuru Kenyatta and First lady Holding Huduma Namba
    Undated Photo of President Uhuru Kenyatta and First lady Holding Huduma Namba
    PSCU

    To shield Kenyans from falling victims to such schemes, Huduma Namba has notified the public that it does not make calls asking for personal information and that it shall not be held liable for any losses incurred.

    "We shall not be held liable for any financial loss, identity theft, or otherwise as a result of this fraudulent scam. Those who do so, do it at their own risk," stated Huduma Kenya.

    Furthermore, Huduma Kenya has released the notorious phone numbers used by the plotters to hoodwink Kenyans.

    "Beware of the following numbers being used by the fraudsters 0763165878, 0780090909, and 0718404007."

    However, the government agency advised Kenyans to report such incidences to relevant authorities.

    "Ensure you report any suspicious or fraudulent loss, identity theft or otherwise as a result of this fraudulent cases to National Security Agencies and notify Huduma Kenya through our official contact Number 020 6900020."

    Huduma Kenya is a one-stop centre for almost all government agencies. They offer services ranging from issuing National Identity Cards, Birth Certificates, Renewal of Drivers Licences among other government services.

    Their move to expose schemers purporting to be Huduma Namba officials comes just days after the court ruled that the rollout of the card did not follow the required constitutional stipulations.

    According to the judgment delivered on Thursday, October 14, the court established that the rollout contravened the Data Protection Act 2019.

    Justice Jairus Ngaah, directed the government to conduct a data protection impact assessment in accordance with Section 31 of the Act as the cards have already been rolled out.

    “An order is hereby issued quashing the government decision of November 18, 2020, to roll out Huduma cards for being ultra vires of the data protection act 2019,” Ngaah ruled.

    The move to scrap Huduma Namba completely did not prevail in court. But the government through interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i made it clear that the decision will be appealed.

    Huduma Centre
    Huduma Centre
    Facebook
    steal suspect illegal scam