When you look at the faces of these young men, they appear to be handsome and innocent. It’s quite hard to believe that they are fraudsters. And it’s not just the two of them, but 17 others were with them and defrauded many Kenyans.
The Kenyan Directorate of criminal investigations reported that the 19 Nigerians had Facebook accounts where they talked with their victims and promised to deliver gifts to them through the airport.
They would then make a call to them the following day through a fake DHL office attendant and ask the victims to pay for the clearance fees for the parcel they had sent.
After sending the money, the victims would still be asked to send more money, and after that, they wouldn’t deliver the gifts that were to be addressed.
These young men were staying in Nairobi at Roysambu, Kasarani and Umoja estates. One Kenyan victim complained that he had been promised an iPhone worth $700 only to be scammed. Several electronic gadgets were found in the suspect’s houses during the swoop. Some of those Nigerians had come to Kenya as businessmen while others came as students.
According to some social media comments, some Kenyan women had already fallen into their trap and became their girlfriends. Some were even staying with them in their apartments.
This incident happened after a case whereby a Cameroonian man had been deported to Cameroon but still sneaked back to Kenya. On coming back, he conned a Kenyan businessman ksh 20,000 after promising to double it.