Three Arrested For Operating Fake Jumia Account

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Police arrested three notorious thugs over the weekend for obtaining money from unsuspecting public members by operating fictitious online platforms purporting to sell goods.

Dickson Magembe, Dionicious Omonyi and Derrick Kodek were arrested in a swoop by detectives from the elite Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau following numerous complaints received from the public.

The trio are believed to have obtained millions of shillings from unsuspecting shoppers by operating fake accounts imitating popular JUMIA online stores.

Through a fake Facebook page, 'Jumia Shopping', the three ran a promotion over the Christmas & New Year period offering discounts of up to 40% for various household goods, attracting unsuspecting shoppers in droves.

"An MPESA Till number where cash deposits would be made before delivery of goods was provided and upon successful payment, an invoice would be sent via WhatsApp promising free delivery within 24 hours," said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

"That would mark the end of the correspondence as the eager clients would be blocked henceforth, leaving them disappointed and with heavy loses to bear."

For instance, a victim, Mukothima, paid Ksh95,000 ($950) for a seven-seater recliner seat and a coffee table.

Tens of other Kenyans who found the deals too good to think twice fell for the trap hook, line and sinker after hurriedly making orders before getting thoroughly disappointed.

A total of 22 SIM Cards used in the fraud were recovered from the first suspect, a 3rd-year student at Kisii University pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

The suspect was arrested in the Canaan area of Kisii town, western Kenya, and later led detectives to his two other accomplices in Ruiru, Kiambu county, the central part of the country.

Meanwhile, the mastermind of the fraud, identified as Swarzzenegar Otete, an Information Technology wizard, is currently on the run.

"We urge members of the public to be cautious while purchasing goods online and take time to ascertain the credibility of online shops purporting to offer certain services," added DCI.

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