DCI headquarters, mombasa
DCI headquarters. PHOTO|COURTESY

Mombasa DCI pursue the criminal gang that defrauds Kenyans over fake car importation deals. The gang so far has defrauded more than 5 people in Mombasa.

Four suspects behind bars of Obtaining Money by False Pretences were yesterday arrested in Mombasa by DCI.

Flying Squad Detectives arrested the four after defrauding a JKUAT Lecturer Ksh. 567,000/- in a deal to assist his ship in his choice car. The scammers were posing as Agents of Beforward Car Importers (Japan).

One of the suspects who identified himself as Martin (ID name; James Maina Muhindi-32yrs) enticed the victim into depositing the amount to an account in a local bank-NCBA Bank, to avoid delays in the dispatch of the consignment. The victim became suspicious when he was again called over the phone, being asked to send another Ksh. 432K Duty Fees. 

He reported the matter to Detectives who commenced investigations, establishing that the 1st suspect had channeled the money to an account held by Motor City Ways in Mombasa, and was already calling the company faking erroneous transfer. 

He had requested the company to refund in cash through a friend; Bonface Okumu (aged 32-also a suspect). Intelligence trails also led to the arrest of 31-yr-old Eric Onyango and Hesbon Otieno (40yrs).

 The pursuit of masterminds of the criminal gang still ongoing. The DCI continues to Caution Members of the Public against engaging in Online Transactions with Companies, Agencies and/or Individuals they have no credible information about, in a bid to eradicate online fraud and protect the benefits of their struggle and sweat.

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