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DCI Warns Women Against Sending Money to Scammers Who Pretend to Be Friends

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A 28-year-old woman in Nairobi thought she had hit the jackpot after successfully falling in love online dramas. The woman began talking to the “stranger” after approaching him via text message (DM) After many back-to-back exchanges, the man decided to send a gift to his new girlfriend as a way to show his true love for her. The gifts included gold jewelry and other precious stones, he said.

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The lady was delighted and waited patiently until she got a call from the “customs” agents informing her of the arrival of the gift. He was required to pay a total of Sh52,000 to pay taxes, permits, customs, and other fees. Opon made the payment, headed to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to pick up his parcel but the agent’s call was not answered.

This is just one of many stories that the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has reported on a scandal that has now become commonplace. Many women are flocking to JKIA to collect gifts believed to have been sent by their male friends abroad. The women reportedly fall for the fake profiles of these men who post pictures of their favorite styles on social media. They promise hot air and leave broken hearts in the process. DCI says the organization has been linked to Kisumu and Kiambu suspects.

DCI said that while they were working to bring in criminals, women should be concerned about such visas.

The story is common among social media users.

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