Kenyans Told To Be Alert Of Fake Social Media Accounts

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has cautioned members of the public to be wary of fraudsters operating pseudo-social media accounts impersonating Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, and other senior government officials.

In a statement, the agency said detectives are currently pursuing some suspects who have opened accounts in the names of prominent Kenyans and senior government officials and are using the accounts to obtain money from unsuspecting members of the public.

"Kenyans are advised to be wary of such social media accounts and are cautioned not to send money to anyone in order to influence favours," said the DCI.

The warning was issued after the arrest of a man impersonating ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo.

The suspect, who was found to have five mobile phones, was alleged to be promising business opportunities, employment and empowerment programs to unsuspecting Kenyans.

In December 2022, another suspect was arrested in Eldoret, Kenya's Rift Valley, for impersonating Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.

Collins Kipleting Serem, 22, was also charged with acquiring money falsely from unsuspecting Kenyans.

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