Police nab two suspected notorious online vehicle cons

The two suspects arrested PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA: Police have nabbed two suspected notorious cons who are said to be conning unsuspecting car buyers by purporting to be in a position to sell them cars.

The two, a former KWS employee Simon Muchemi and Erick Wabwire Ilode, were nabbed after police officers from Kilimani police station set a trap for them by posing as genuine car buyers.

According to Kilimani OCPD Michael Muchiri police officers from the station sent sh 50,000 to the duo that was purported to be upfront fees for the purchase of a Toyota Harrier vehicle purported to have been lying at a car yard in Mombasa.

According to the Directorate of criminal investigations, the duo operates three facebook pages where they post photos of vehicles they are purporting to be in a position to sell.

“Some of the Social Media Accounts Used include: Facebook Accounts by the names of City Importers, City Importers Limited & Direct Importers.” the office of the directorate investigations said.

Once the money has been sent, the duo reportedly switches off their phones or tells their victims that they have fallen prey to a con scheme.

Following the arrest, the police have urged members of the public to report any lost identity cards as the cards may have been used to registers sim cards being used to defraud others.

“Members of the public are advised to report lost ID cards to the nearest Police Stations as fraudsters are increasingly using such documents to register phone numbers that are in return used to commit crimes despite @CA_Kenya’s guidelines on such registration.” the national police said.