Stipend Fraud: DCI Nabs scammers who claimed to give 30,000 to poor families

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The Directorate of Police Investigations has arrested scammers suspected of defrauding Kenyans into registering for 30,000 stipend fund that has since been confirmed to be fake.- By Gerald Gekara.

The two suspects, Brian Osoro Nyariki & Duke Sabungi Ongweso (both 22yrs) were arrested in Kisii by following multiple cases of online fraud where many have fallen victims in the hope of being enlisted for stipends to cope with Covid-19.

According to the DCI, the suspects had been impersonating a prominent lady in Kenya.

The duo opened four fake Facebook accounts with which they lured vulnerable members of the public to register with at least Ksh. 599 for consideration in a false ongoing issuance of the Ksh. 30,000 stipend.

The two then spread testimonials as having benefited from the aid before swapping multiple simcards to avoid tracing.

The police recovered 53 Airtel and three Telecom simcards. The suspects will be charged with counts of Publication of False Information, and Obtaining Money by False pretence.

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