Detectives arrest two impostors over online fraud

Written By: Christine Muchira

Detectives arrested two personation suspects following multiple cases of online fraud where many have fallen victims in the hope of being enlisted for stipends to cope with Covid-19.

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The two Brian Osoro Nyariki and Duke Sabungi Ongweso both aged 22yrs were arrested on Sunday in Kisii County.

Several victims had been successfully defrauded prompting a manhunt for the two, in whose possessions were recovered 53 Airtel and three Telecom simcards.

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Once they receive money from their victims, the duo who use multiple pseudo accounts to post on the page as having benefited from the aid- block their victims as they use several sim cards to receive the cash.

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While personating a prominent lady in Kenya, the two 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 Ksh. 30,000 stipend to cope with the pandemic.

Appropriate charges will be preferred on the two including Publication of False Information C/Sec 23 of Computer Misuse and Cyber Crime Act and Obtaining Money by False pretence C/Sec 313 of the Penal Code.

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