Young, gullible women have been warned about a new form of fraud being perpetrated by smooth-talking men who pretend to be living the jet set life abroad.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI) says the fraud starts with an online promise by the men to resettle the girls abroad where they’ll sip chardonnay and lick caviar for the rest of their lives.
After a flurry of messages on social media, whereby the gullible girls are convinced of ‘paradise’, their online Princes in Shining Armour “offer to send them expensive gifts to demonstrate their seriousness.”
Gullible Girl’s Bank Balance
The whirlwind romance, correspondence and gullible girl’s bank balance then start heading south.
In one instance, a 28-year-old woman thought she had struck gold when her Prince informed her that she had sent her a gift through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport(JKIA).
“After days of communicating online, the man told the lady that as proof of his undying affection, he had sent her some necklaces made of gold and other assorted jewelry,” says the DCI.
A few days later, a man posing as a ‘Customs Officer’ at JKIA called her. We’ve your parcel here, he said, and Kulipa Ushuru Ni Kujitegemea. Could she urgently send KSh52,000 tax and clearance fees for the jewellery?
Gullible girl tiptoed to a mobile money shop and promptly sent the KSh52,000. The ‘Customs Officer’ promptly withdrew the money and went ‘Mteja’. Gullible girl was left clutching an OB number from JKIA police station.
DCI says that most of these online smooth-talkers are based in Kisumu and Kiambu. The sleuths are now warning girls that such men, “may end up tricking them into more dangerous situations, some of which may cost them their lives.”