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How Varsity Student Swindled Couple Ksh700K

A student from a local university and her accomplice were on Sunday, September 5, arrested by the detectives from the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over claims of fraud.

In a statement released by the DCI earlier today, the student was accused of defrauding a Kiambu couple of Ksh760,000.

According to the detectives, the student alongside her accomplice, duped the couple into revealing their personal information. This presented the opportunity for them to wipe the couple’s bank accounts clean.

“The woman received a call from a new number and was made to believe that she was being engaged by a customer care operator from a local telco company,” stated the DCI.

“In the course of the conversation, the woman had been lured into revealing some personal information, which the fraudsters used to swindle Ksh296,652 from her bank accounts.”

The detectives also revealed that the two suspects used the same tactic on the woman’s husband and withdrew a total of Ksh420,570 from his bank accounts.

The suspicious acts led to the Kiambu-based Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau detectives tracing the mobile  handset  used in the scheme to the whereabouts of the two suspects.

The mobile device was retrieved and will be used as evidence, according to DCI. The duo will be arraigned in Kiambu Law Court on Monday, September 6.

The DCI has in the past had advised Kenyans to be cautious when engaging with perpetrators who pose as persons of authority in order to dupe their victims into complying with their tricks.

They also urged Kenyans not to divulge their personal details to anyone as the majority of such calls tend to be scammers.

“Should you have any information that may assist in any phone scam investigations, please call our DCI hotline 0800 722 203,” the DCI stated.

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