Facebook extortionist arrested

A man who opened a social media account and used it to extort money from unsuspecting Kenyans has been arrested.

The suspect was arrested in Kangundo Town where he had withdrawn part of the money he had been receiving from ‘wellwishers’. Police said the man had opened a Facebook account in the name of Citizen TV news anchor, Kirigo Ng’arua.

He had also registered his mobile phone number using the same name, which he used to demand money.

Head of Criminal Investigation Department Richard Bitok said on Monday the man had opened the social media account and posted information purporting to be Ng’arua’s.

“In one message the man claimed Ng’arua’s parents were unwell and she urgently needed money to enable her attend to them. He would approach people who befriended Ng’arua on fake Facebook account and post a message with the mobile phone number,” said Bitok. Bitok added those who sent money using the mobile phone saw the journalist’s name and believed the theory.

Stealing goods

Ng’arua said she learnt of the con artist after some of her friends who received the messages called.

“I reported to police who have arrested the man. It has been tormenting because the man kept sending the false information to unsuspecting friends who responded positively and ignorantly,” said Ng’arua.

Bitok revealed there has been an increase in such cases, adding that the arrest is a pointer to an existing cartel out to defraud an innocent public using the social media. Meanwhile, two Administration Police officers were arrested for breaking into an office and stealing goods worth Sh776,000.

AP corporals Patrick Makokha and Simon Mwania had been deployed to guard the Government Press along Haile Selassie Avenue in Nairobi. They reported thugs raided the place and stole bulletin boards and papers.

Bitok said investigation showed the officers and an employee at the building were involved in the theft.

CCTV footage show the officers and unidentified men get into the affected office.

Copyright: Standard Newspaper


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