Man conned Ksh95K by ‘Jumia thugs’ 3 arrested, one on run.

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Three Jumia individuals cons Kenyans online arrested.

DCI is reporting that three notorious thugs were arrested over the weekend for obtaining money from unsuspecting members of the public, by operating what DCI described as “fictitious online platforms purporting to sell goods.”

Dickson Magembe, Dionicious Omonyi and Derrick Kodek were reportedly arrested in a swoop by detectives from the elite Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau, following numerous complaints received from the public via the DCI Facebook and Twitter platforms.

The trio, DCI says, are believed to have obtained millions of shillings from unsuspecting shoppers, by operating fake accounts imitating popular JUMIA online stores.

Through a fake Facebook page ‘Jumia Shopping’ the three are said to run a promotion over the Christmas & New Year period offering discounts of upto 40% for various household goods, attracting unsuspecting shoppers in droves.

An MPESA Till number where cash deposits would be made before delivery of goods was provided & upon successful payment, an invoice would be sent through WhatsApp promising free delivery within 24 hours.

According to DCI, that would mark the end of the correspondence as the eager clients would be blocked henceforth, leaving them disappointed and with heavy loses to bear.

This, it was gathered, happened to a victim in Mukothima, Tharaka North Sub County, who made a paymentof Sh 95,000 for a 7 seater recliner seat and a coffee table.

This, DCI details, is after an offer was made on the fake Facebook page announcing a 40% discount on recliner seats and other household items.

Tens of other Kenyans who are said to found the deals too good to think twice fell for the traphook line and sinker, after hurriedly making orders before getting thoroughly disappointed later.

A total of 22 SIM Cards used in the fraud were confiscated from the first suspect, who is said to be a 3rd year student at Kisii University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

The suspect was reportedly arrested in Canaan area of Kisii town and later led detectives to his two other accomplices in Ruiru, Kiambu county.

Meanwhile, the prime suspect of the fraud identified as Swarzzenegar Otete, an Information Technology wizard is currently on the run with sleuths said to be breathing down his neck before finally arresting him.

DCI is urging members of the public to be cautious while purchasing goods online and take time to ascertain the credibility of online shops purporting to offer certain services.

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