The Narok County Criminal Investigation department has raised concern over increased cases of conmanship, through social engineering, by people impersonating bankers or mobile service providers.
Speaking to the media in his office Wednesday, the County Criminal Investigation Department Officer Mwenda Ethaiba said a recent case involves Equity Bank where customers had been robbed of Sh12 million after they gave their details through phone calls.
Ethaiba warned the members of the public against giving personal information to strangers over the phone, reiterating that the banks and mobile companies do not ask for private information because they already have it.
“Please don’t give out your personal information to strangers who call pretending to be working with a certain bank or mobile service companies. The banks and mobile service companies already have your details and can never ask for your private information,” he said.
He assured that his office has commenced investigations to arrest the fraudsters saying already three people have been arrested and charged with social engineering (use of deception to manipulate individuals into divulging confidential or personal information that may be used for fraudulent purposes).
“The three arrested are from Mulot area in Narok West Sub County. We are carrying out in-depth investigations to arrest more fraudsters,” he said.
The CID officer asked the members of the public who had lost their money through such a manner to report to the police to enhance the investigations and arrest all the fraudsters involved.
At the same time, Mwenda decried rampant cases of people who pretend to be prominent farmers and offer to sell their products to school heads at a cheap price only to disappear after the payment without delivering the goods.
“The criminals even provide fake Local Purchase Order (LPO) that they present in person to the school heads to build confidence in them. Immediately they are given the money, the criminals escape,” he said.