DCI Sends Out Alert on Rising Online Cash Thefts Using Phone Numbers

Detectives have warned the public to be on the lookout for online fraudsters after arresting a man suspected to have stolen Sh540,000 from the account of an unsuspecting bank customer after swapping his Airtel line at Molo, Nakuru County.


According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), while having dinner at a hotel in Eldoret, two men and a woman joined the victim’s table, and requested him to send her Ksh2,000 on her Airtel line as she gave him the same amount in cash.


The group then left shortly afterwards, and it was not until the next morning that the victim realised that Ksh400,000 had been transferred from his account to various phone numbers. 

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 Some Ksh140,000 was transferred to the suspect’s bank account. It is suspected that the fraudsters had mastered the victim’s PIN as he made the transaction before swapping his line.


The DCI has issued an alert on this new kind of fraud, where people are being duped into online transactions and ripped off. 


“The DCI takes this opportunity to warn the public against this kind of fraud where people are being duped into online transactions in exchange for cash money, thereby innocently revealing their PIN and phone mumbers, enabling the fraudsters to swap their lines before cleaning out their bank, M-Pesa,  Mshwari and Airtel Money savings. Be warned and stay safe, ” said the DCI.

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