Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Egerton University student arrested over Ksh 716,000 scam


A female student from Egerton University has been arrested by DCI detectives over Ksh 716,000 Sim swap scam done in the month of July 2021.

Sabina Evelyne Nyanumba was arrested alongside Paul Nyabero Kilenya in Njoro, Nakuru County after swindling an unsuspecting woman Ksh 286,652 and her husband 420,570.

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“Two suspects who defrauded a Kiambu couple over Sh716,000 in a Sim swap scam in June 2021 are in our custody. The two; Sabina Evelyne Nyanumba who is a student at Egerton University & 19-year-old Paul Nyabero Kilenya were arrested in Nakuru’s Njoro sub-county over the weekend.

Their pursuit and subsequent arrest followed the June incident where a woman received a call from a new number, and was made to believe that she was being engaged by a Safaricom customer care operator.

In the course of the conversation, the woman had been lured into revealing some personal information, which the fraudsters used to swindle Sh296,652 from her Mpesa and Cooperative Bank accounts. The swindlers furthered their felonious agenda to the woman’s husband Mpesa and Cooperative Bank accounts, from which they withdrew a total of Sh420,570.

Forensic data analysis by Kiambu-based Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau detectives working jointly with DCI liaison officers at Safaricom headquarters led detectives to the two suspects, from whom the mobile handset used in defrauding the victims was also recovered. They are being arraigned in Kiambu Law Courts today.” Said DCI

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