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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Beware: Don’t fall prey to this new con game by fraudsters

Cons seem to be devising new ways of swindling unsuspecting customers every now and then.

Joseph Simons has narrated how he found himself in the middle of a hoax, only that another party was the one who lost cash to a fraudster.

“Yesterday I posted a PS4 Slim at Jiji at 29k. A guy with a Somali accent calls 0720045299 30 minutes after posting to enquire about the item and my location. He promises to come for the item at the stated price.

I inform him to pick the item at 5pm since am (sic) not at home. The guy calls again at 5 and says that he will pick the item in the next few minutes, but he will send a guy to check the item then send money to my Mpesa upon confirmation from the person he has sent.

The other guy who “was sent” to pick the PS arrives and checks. He is quiet all along as he tests it. I request him to call the guy who sent him if he is satisfied as I pack it.

The other guy calls to inform me that he will has received confirmation and he will send the money in two minutes.

Meanwhile, I introduce the guy in my house to a MacBook that I am also selling to keep him busy as I pack the items.

Once I mention that I am waiting for money to be sent, the guy in my house asks me whether I know the guy on phone. He looks confused as I inform him that I only know the caller from Jiji, to which he responds that he has just been conned.

He tries to reverse the money but a withdrawal had already been made. He calls Safaricom only to be informed that his only choice is to follow up with the police.

PS: The guy in my house was to buy a PS4 slim at 16k from a post on Jiji from the caller. The two had agreed that the PS will be picked from the caller’s home. But since he will be busy elsewhere, the guy will get someone in the house who will show him the PS, but he should not discuss with me anything about it, then send cash to the caller.

The guy at my house thus thought the house is not mine but the caller’s while I thought he was working for the caller. So he sent money after viewing the PS, which was then withdrawn immediately.

Lesson: Avoid shady deals especially those that you are told not to talk to the one who will deliver the goods. Be cautious on deals that are too good.”

In a different post shared by Nicodemus Wakatiba, another person was almost conned using the same trick but he was lucky to detect the con game on time.

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