Kenyans Open Up After Youth Begs DCI Over Ksh25K Lost to Ponzi

Undated photo of police officers outside the DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road
Police officers outside the DCI Headquarters along Kiambu Road.

Unemployment poses one of the biggest challenges for many youths in the country. Consequently, this has led to many unsuspecting Kenyans falling victim to cons.

A Twitter user, identified as Keraiko Tobacco, shared on Monday, January 23, how he fell victim to a Ponzi scheme and lost Ksh25,000. 

The user detailed how he ended up counting losses after attending a certain training seminar in Meru County. 

The suspects who used enticing language, according to the user, sold designer plan accounts at Ksh39,000. 

Kenyan Currency notes.
Kenyan currency notes.

"I managed to pull Ksh25,000 and they were to top up the remaining Ksh14,000 After paying, the guy has not been picking up my calls or replying to my texts. I just need help getting my money back. I will appreciate any leads," the user stated. 

The user urged the detectives drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to investigate the scheme and apprehend the culprits. 

The online post elicited debate among Kenyans as the majority shared their experiences at the hands of fraudsters masquerading as businessmen.

Some Kenyans advised the user to take caution as the suspects end up reporting the case to the police for defamation charges. 

Other users recounted how they fell victim to fake job vacancies online. 

"So there was this company sometime last year, might be they have rebranded. The company was posting fake job vacancies online then when you apply, immediately you are asked to attend an interview along Kimathi street opposite the petrol station," a user identified as Kelvoh Itech stated. 

Kenyans also shared how con artists had stretched their tentacles to various agencies including tours and travel agencies who were seeking Ksh150,000 from unsuspecting victims. 

"There’s another character who impersonated a local tour and travel agency. We actually sent Ksh75,000 to the agency. Then the suspect goes on holiday on my behalf unbeknownst to me. I already have an O/B number in my possession but still nothing. My 2023 started with intense character development!

"He was asking for Ksh150,000. This was just the deposit. Balance was to be cleared at check-in. I figured it was getting eerie when two days to the trip he demands that we send the balance lest he cancels the reservation," a user identified as Vanessa Polly narrated. 

Kenyans, in general, sought for the legal process in the country to be expedited for such culprits to be apprehended.

An Image of a police station.
A police station in Kenya in a photo dated 2021
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