The idea behind M-Pesa has been one of mobile service providers, Safaricom’s biggest successes of the recent times. The service came in handy to millions of Kenyans who a few years ago could not access banking institutions near their locality.  And taking stock of its performance-it has really done well in terms of money circulation and transference compared to several banking institutions that have been in place for ages.

It is however appalling that despite this major economic stride that the company has helped set up, a crop of recalcitrant individuals have decided to frustrate the whole system just for selfish gains at the expense of innocent souls. These are the con-men and women.
These con men and women have since hoodwinked many Kenyans to expose their secret M-Pesa details that have been later used to infiltrate huge sums of money from their accounts.

The self styled fraudsters have devised all sorts of ingenious schemes meant to hit right at their targets. I live in the town of Kakamega and last Sunday a man called me purporting to be calling from the Company’s Nairobi headquarters. To appear convincing, the man opened up with moving greetings and because it was on a Sunday, religious connotations came in handy all in the quest to make the icing complete.

After the usual acquaintances expected from a customer care officer, the man who had now started getting comfortable with the conversation, started fielding several questions on details of my last transactions and finally going ahead to question on what my account stood as on that day claiming the company was in a ‘major’ plan to boost its services to customers by giving them what he called special reports.

Of course I never fell victim to his shenanigans, however many citizens may easily find themselves easily buying to the tricks of these abhorrent actors and end up gnashing their teeth.

Just the other day, some man at a local hospital was desperately seeking ‘emergency funds’ from people with a promise to instantly send them money via M-Pesa.  It was only when it was found out that he had no emergency at the hospital that people established him as a con.

Several people can attest at some point to have received alluring messages of winning in competitions that never exist or have never been party to. The con’s tricks are out of the bag! By now the message should be clear to everyone.

Being a service that is easily executed, the service is prone to attract even much more cons of this ilk into this game.  Kenyans really need to be vigilant and report these men and women to the company’s anti-fraud team. The cons will devise new games each passing day but it is not a reason to fall prey to their wicked ways. Reporting such case doesn’t make one stupid or ignorant but a positive gesture of a true patriot. These are men and women with hardly any milk of human kindness, selfish individuals hell bent to frustrate Kenyan’s on their hard earned cash.

The Kenya Police department and all the relevant partiers involved here including of course the company’s anti-fraud team need to move fast and grasp the nettle to bring these people to book.

Copyright: Kakamega County website


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