The office of the DCI Kenya has cautioned the general public against “engaging in online transactions with companies, agencies and/or Individuals they have no credible information about, to avoid putting at stake their hard-earned money.” This is after overwhelming reports of online fraud reported to DCI offices across the country.
In a statement by DCI, Rampant among these cases include: online groups luring jobless Kenyan youth on promises of getting them jobs within and abroad; online product vendors who disappear once payments are done in advance; online car hires that never materialize; online cash traders (Forex Exchange); social media sites bearing prominent people’s profiles aimed at misleading and extortion; fraudsters making random calls while posing as service providers to cause panic to unsuspecting victims, informing them of possible security breaches to their Bank & Mpesa accounts hence end up revealing their confidential particulars; and agencies/Individuals advertising non-existing Rental Houses and/or Plots for sale, who ask for deposits while faking high demands after which they lie low on the victims,”
Adding that, “Pursuit of these criminals is in most instances a lengthy procedure calling for Cyber-Forensic Interventions, mostly because perpetrators use different social media/Sim Cards to contact different people, after which they block & delete their accounts upon successful transactions.”
DCI urges the general public to always and immediately report to the nearest police stations any time they lose their valuables,
“We urge the public to Always & Immediately report to their nearest Police Stations any time they lose their ID Cards, Sim Cards/Mobile phones & Laptops, Personal Documents including Academic Testimonials & Driving Licenses, & to obtain Abstract Forms thereby issued.” Their statement reads.
Saying, “This is essential for, not only getting police assistance in recovering the lost items, but also goes a long way in Strengthening the Victims’ Defense in case any such documents are subjected to Unlawful use by the perpetrators,”