Nairobi, KENYA: 19 Nigerians were on Saturday morning arrested in a crackdown on social media scammers conducted by detectives in Umoja, Kasarani and Roysambu estates in Nairobi.
The 19 Nigerians aged between 19 and 35 years were arrested on suspicions of engaging in a fraud where they promise to send victims goods through DHL.
The 19 Nigerian nationals are Nnalue Emmanuel ,Christian Onyeka Okoye,Anthony Okeke Ikechukwu,Nwabonuanne Samuel,Peace Chukwuma,Anselm Chinyere,Donatus Okwonkwo,Sunday Chinyweke,Mathew Onyebuchi,Vincent Ndubuisi,John OKafor,Donatus Chikeluo,Christopher Onyebuchi,Longinus OnyekachI,John Okwa,Ekweze Hyginus,Emmanuel Chidi,Abel Okeke,Anthony Okeke and Simon Maluchi.
According to the Directorate of criminal investigations, The Nigerians operate facebook accounts where they initiate friendly conversations with their unsuspecting victim’s promising them goods to be sent through the airport.
“The following day a call will be made and someone will pretend to be an attendant at the DHL office. They will tell the victim to pay clearance fees for the same parcel they claim to have sent you.” The DCI said.
Once the victims sends the money on MPESA another caller calls the victims urging him to send more money for clearance fees and once the victim pays all the monies, the scammers will not deliver the goods.
Though the detectives did not reveal how much money Kenyans had lost in the scam, cases of Kenyans being scammed on social media are not rare.
In June Nairobi senior principal magistrate Francis Andayi sentenced a Nigerian and Cameroonian national to 12 years after the court found them guilty of possessing sh 112 billion worth of fake currency.
The duo Mohamed Sani alias Dr. Mustafa from Niger and Ousman Ibrahim Bako of Cameroon was also found guilty of forgery and being in the country illegally.
Kenya has long been labeled as a safe haven for international criminals.
Former US president Barrack Obama once accused Kenyan authorities harboring Rwandese genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga while in 2011 Joseph Kabila the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo was forced to travel to Nairobi to follow up on a Gold consignment from DR Congo that had disappeared in the country.