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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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

“This happened to me a few months ago. I wanted to change my sofa, so I logged in to OLX (Jiji) to find a budget bargain.

I spotted some very nice sets going for a considerably fair price. To be exact, seats that I had seen going for 60-70k, this guy was selling at 45k or so.

So I think to myself, ‘it makes sense’. I called the guy, we talked, and I settled on a set. He agreed, after much resistance, to discount 2k– so I was to pay 43k.

The deal was, he delivers the sofa, and I only pay after the sofas have been delivered. He even said, “Let them help you get them into the house first, then you send me the money.” This somehow gave me some confidence in this whole online buying.

I gave him my location and he told me he was sending his transport guys. Indeed, in like an hour or less, they were in my estate, in a pickup and the sofa loaded on the back.

The moment they arrived, they called him and he immediately called me back. He asked if I had seen the sofas. I inspected them and they were good.

He then told me that his guys would help me get the set into the house, as I send him the money so he can attend to other matters that he had kept on hold for my sake.

THAT IS THE TRICK! This guy had no seats to sell. He goes to FB sale groups, picks some items and reposts them on OLX at a lower price to lure you. When you call him, he in turn calls the seller and pretends that he is transacting on behalf of his brother or friend (now you are the brother or friend).

So he tells them to deliver the seats to you, and you will pay them. When they deliver, he asks you to send the money, and leaves you with the rightful owners of the item, whom you have not paid!

Of course, his phone will go off and the money will have been withdrawn by the time you realize you are conned. And we both know; the guys will not leave their seats – you are conned!

I was lucky that when the driver came, we started a very intimate chat in Kikuyu, and so he was wise enough to pick up some anomaly.

He had gotten from the accent of the con that he was Luo, so he asked me if that guy is really my brother. That is where we connected the dots. Actually, the best price of the set was 68k.

I called the guy and asked him why he wanted to con me. He called me all sorts of names and switched off his phone.

Update: Guy’s Number: 0702 728492
Truecaller ID: Derrick Wendo
Used Alias: Jack.

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